LEMI: Laboratory for Energy and Microsystems Innovation


Cullen Buie

Cullen R. Buie, Ph.D.

Cullen obtained his B.S. from The Ohio State University in Mechanical Engineering. As a senior at Ohio State, Cullen was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to attend graduate school at Stanford University.

Cullen's graduate work involved water management for hydrogen fed fuel cells and fuel delivery for direct methanol fuel cells. Cullen obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in January of 2009. Prior to joining MIT, Cullen was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley working with Professor Liwei Lin at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center (BSAC).

Cullen is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (with tenure) at MIT. His laboratory explores flow physics at the microscale for applications in materials science and microbiology. His research is applicable to a diverse array of problems, from anti-biofouling surfaces and biofuels to energy storage and bacterial infections. Cullen is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and service including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), the DuPont Young Professor Award (2013), the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2013), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2016). Cullen's C.V. can be found here.