Energy Harvesting and Microsystems Lab

Welcome to the Energy Harvesting and Microsystem Laboratory at Louisiana Tech University run by Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel! Please, feel free to navigate through our lab website. If you have any question or comment please feel free to contact us through contact information provided below.

We are currently looking for a master degree and PhD graduate students to join our lab starting Fall 2017. Strong background in electrical or mechanical engineering is a must. Hands on and previous research experience is a PLUS.
If you are interested, please refer to the link below.

Interested Students

Dr. Bardaweel will only contact those who are admitted unconditionally to graduate school in Louisiana Tech for FALL 2017.

The Energy Harvesting and Microsystem Laboratory is focused on high quality research and technology development. The three main themes of our research are i) non-linear vibration energy harvesting, ii) nonlinear vibration isolation system using magnetic springs and iii) design and optimization of micro-channels networks for microfluidic applications. Our work encompasses experimental studies as well as numerical modeling efforts. The main goal of our research is to apply fundamental engineering concepts to design and develop technologies. As a result our research process goes through a cycle of design, modeling, fabrication, testing and characterization, analysis, optimization, and prototyping. Our research is funded through few agencies including The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Louisiana Board of Regents (La BoR), The Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE), NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program (EPSCORE). We also partner with NASA Stennis Space Center, and Radiance Technologies.

The Energy Harvesting and Microsystem Laboratory is located within Louisiana Tech's Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM). The IFM is a state-of-art research facility with 48,000 ft2 of laboratory space (including 5,000 ft2 of modular clean-room space) constructed between 1991 and 1995. The IfM houses a range of experimental equipment for nanofabrication, measurement, and characterization. Its mission is the realization of commercially viable micro- and nanosystems in the areas of Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Nanotechnology, Environmental Technology, and Information Technology.

Hamzeh Bardaweel Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Nanosystem Engineering.
Institute for Micromanufacturing
Room 212
911 Hergot Avenue
Ruston, LA 71272, U.S.A.
Phone: 318-257-5134

Also check: Dr. Bardaweel's Google site, Google Scholar, and LinkedIn

Lab members (left to right): Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel, Johnny Negrete, Mehdi Mofidian, Stephen Bierschenk, Logan Caskey, Lacie Duplessis, Abdullah Nammari, Austin Smith, Frank Edokpayi

News and Announcements

Congrats to Mehdi Mofidian on his new publication: Displacement Transmissibility Evaluation of Vibration Isolation System Employing Nonlinear-Damping and Nonlinear-Stiffness Elements has been accepted for publication in Journal of Vibration and Control ( accepted on July 3rd 2017).
Austin Smith awarded LaSPACE Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA). PI: Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel Title: Geometric fidelity and dimensional characteristics of microfluidic networks fabricated using additive manufacturing. $8,000. September 1 2017- August 31 2018.
Stephen Bierschenk awarded LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistantship (LURA). PI: Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel Title: Managing satellite micro-jitters using energy harvester dynamic vibration isolation platform $6,000. September 1 2017- August 31 2018.
Dr. Bardaweel has received the NASA LASPACE RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT AWARD grant. Title: Design, characterization and hydrodynamic optimization of 3D printed embedded micro-channels networks. PI, $34,974 July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Dr. Bardaweel has received the LOUISIANA BOARD OF REGENTS-BOARD OF REGENTS SUPPORT FUND grant. Title: Regenerative Hybrid Hydraulic- Electromagnetic Shock-Absorber. PI, $39,974, June 1, 2017 May 31, 2018. Dr. Bardaweel's proposal ranked number one among all proposals submitted in State of Louisiana!
Congrats to Abullah on his new publication: Nammari, A. and H. Bardaweel, Design enhancement and non-dimensional analysis of magnetically-levitated nonlinear vibration energy harvesters. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures.March 27, 2017
Congratulations to Logan, Stephen, and Johnny on their acceptance to the CIMM REU program for Summer 2017. February 20, 2017
Abdullah Nammari's second manuscript "Design and analysis of a small-scale magnetically levitated energy harvester utilizing oblique mechanical springs" submitted to Journal of Microsystem Technologies has been accepted for publication. February 9, 2017
Abdullah Nammari's manuscript "Design and Analysis of Magnetically-levitated Nonlinear Vibration Energy Harvesters" accepted for publication by the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures . February 7, 2017
Dr. Bardaweel received NSF(2017)-CIMM grant. Project Title: 3D Printable Structures for Multi-functional Vibration Energy Scavenger. $10,000 January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.
Dr. Bardaweel received NASA EPSCoR RAP grant. Title: Multi-functional non-resonant magnetically-levitated energy scavenger for NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC) $39,889 January 15, 2017 through January 14, 2018.
Dr. Bardaweel received NASA LASPACE REA grant. Title: Broadband Nonlinear Vibration Energy Harvesting for Aerospace Applications $34,875 September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017.
Dr. Bardaweel received Louisiana Tech Technology Fee Grant. Title: DESKTOP COMPUTERS FOR MICRO/NANOSYSTEMS MODELING AND SIMULATION LABORATORY $38,325 December 1, 2016 through November 31, 2017.
Abdullah Nammari awarded LaSPACE Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA). PI: Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel. Title: Fabrication and Characterization of Broadband Nonlinear Electrogagnetic Energy Harvester. $8,000. August 15 2016- August 14 2017.
Logan Caskey awarded LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistant (LURA). PI: Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel Title: Dynamic Analysis and Design Optimization of a Regenerative Shock Absorber. $6,000. September 1 2016- August 31 2017.
Johnny Negrete awarded LA EPSCoR Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE). PI: Dr. Hamzeh Bardaweel Title: Developing 3D-printable structures for microvibration isolation system.. $5,000. January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.