David Elata

Office: 221, DK

Mechanical Engineering MicroSystem (MEMS) Laboratory


  • 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

Research Interests

  • 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

Guest Appointments

  • 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.

מיקרו-מערכות: אקטואציה אלקטרוסטטית, אקטואציה תרמואלסטית, תכן התקני MEMS לבדיקת תכונות מכניות של מיקרומיבנים, אקטואציה פיאזואלקטרית, רכיבים להתקני BIOMEMS, ומתגים מיקרומכניים ל RF-MEMS.