1986 - B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
1989 - M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Technion - I.I.T., Israel
1993 - D.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Technion - I.I.T., Israel
Modeling the Static and Dynamic Response of Electrostatic Micro-Actuators
Modeling and Development of Novel Thermoelastic Actuation Schemes for MEMS Devices
Modeling the electromechanical Response of Piezoelectric Micro-Structures
Electromechanical Buckling and Application in MEMS
Micro Test-Devices for measuring Mechanical Properties
Damage Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, Solid Mechanics and Contact Mechanics
Research Associate, Geophysics Dept., Stanford University (summer of 1996)
Visiting Post-Doc, Geophysics Dept., Stanford University (1995-1996)
Post-Doc staff member, Earth Sciences Div., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1993-1996)
Membership in Professional Societies
Honors and Awards
Ray and Miriam Klein Research Award (2006)
Hershel Rich Innovation Award (2004)
Salomon Simon Mani Award for excellence in teaching (2000)
Leah & Donald Lewis Academic Lectureship (1997, 1998)
Wolf Foundation Scholarship (1992)
Gutwirth Scholarship (1988, 1989)
Dr. Abraham Eisen Award (1987)
E. Elka, D. Elata and C. Abramovich, The electromechanical response of multi-layered piezoelectric structures, JMEMS, 13(2), 332- 341, 2004.
D. Elata, R. Eshkenazy and M.P. Weiss, The mechanical behavior of a wire rope with an independent wire rope core, Int. J. of Solids and Structures , 41, 1157-1172, 2004.
D. Elata and V. Leus, "How slender can comb-drive fingers be?". J. Micromech. Microeng., 15(5), 1055-1059, 2005.
R. Mahameed and D. Elata, "Two-dimensional Analysis of Temperature-Gradient Actuation of Cantilever Beam Resonators". J. Micromech. Microeng. 15(8), 1414-1424, 2005.
D. Elata and H. Bamberger, "On the dynamic pull-in of electrostatic actuators with multiple degrees of freedom and multiple voltage sources", IEEE JMEMS, 15(1), 131-140, 2006.
D. Elata and A. Hirshberg, "A novel test device for measuring the strength of microbeams". IEEE JMEMS, 15(2), 396-405, 2006.
D. Elata and S. Abu-Salih, "Analysis of the electromechanical buckling of a pre-stressed micro beam that is bonded to an elastic foundation". Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, 1(5), 911-923, 2006.
S. Abu-Salih and D. Elata, "Experimental validation of ElectroMechanical Buckling". JMEMS, 15(6), 1656-1662, 2006.
V. Leus, Arnon Hirshberg and D. Elata, "Soft switching and soft release of RF MEMS switches using short-pulse voltage actuation scheme", EuroSimE 2007, April 2007, London, UK.
D. Elata, V. Leus, A. Hirshberg, O. Salomon, and M. Naftali, "A novel tilting micromirror with a triangular waveform resonance response and an adjustable resonance frequency for raster scanning applications", Transducers2007, Lyon, June 2007.