Christopher G. Levey

Associate Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Professor Levey teaches tools and techniques for students in ENGS 24: "Science of Materials." (Photo by Karen Endicott)

Research Interests

Microfabrication technology; micro-optical systems and binary optics; micromechanical and electromechanical systems (MEMS); microrobotics


  • BA, Physics, Carleton College 1977
  • PhD, Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1984


  • Thayer School of Engineering Outstanding Service Award for Faculty: 2000, 2003, 2019

Professional Activities

  • The American Physical Society
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • The American Association for Engineering Education

Selected Publications

  • Di Yao, Christopher G. Levey, Charles R. Sullivan, "Microfabricated V-Groove Power Inductors Using Multilayer Co-Zr-O Thin Films for Very-High-Frequency DC-DC Converters," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics 28, 4384 – 4394, DOI: 10.1109/TPEL.2012.2233760 (2013)
  • M.L. Lifson, C.G. Levey, U.J. Gibson, "Diameter and Location Control of ZnO Nanowires for Piezoelectric Nanogenerators," Applied Physics A, 113: 243–247, DOI: 10.1007/s00339-012-7538-6 (2013)
  • B.R. Donald, C.G. Levey, Daniela Rus, and I. Paprotny, "Planning and Control for Microassembly of Structures Composed of Stress-Engineered MEMS Microrobots," International J. Robotics Research 32, 218-246, DOI: 10.1177/0278364912467486 (2013)
  • B.R. Donald, C.G. Levey, and I. Paprotny, "Planar Microassembly by Parallel Actuation of MEMS Microrobots," J. Microelectromechanical Systems 17, 789-808 (2008)
  • Bruce R. Donald, Christopher G. Levey, Craig D. McGray, Igor Paprotny, and Daniela Rus. "An Untethered, Electrostatic, Globally- Controllable MEMS Micro-Robot", J. Microelectromechanical Systems 15, 1-15 (2006)
  • S. Prabhakaran, D.E. Kreider, Yu Lin, C.R. Sullivan, and C.G. Levey. "Fabrication of Thin-Film V-Groove Inductors Using Composite Magnetic Materials." IEEE International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging, Waltham, MA (2000)
  • N.N. Khusnatdinov, V.F. Petrenko, and C.G. Levey, "Electrical Properties of the Ice/Solid Interface", J. Phys. Chem. B 101 (32) 6212-6214 (1997)
  • C.K. Sieracki, C.G. Levey, and E.W. Hansen, "Simple Binary Optical Elements for Aberration Correction in Confocal Microscopy," Optics Letters 20, 1213 (1995)
  • A.K. Henning and C.G. Levey, "Undergraduate research in micro- fabrication science and technology at Dartmouth College." ASEE 1994 Annual Conf. Proc., pp. 2599-2606 (peer reviewed), American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, DC (1994)

In the News

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