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)

  • S. Shmulevich, A. Joffe, I. (Hotzen) Grinberg and D. Elata, "On the notion of a mechanical battery". IEEE-JMEMS, 24(4), 1085-1091, 2015.
  • S. Shmulevich, I. Hotzen and D. Elata, "A MEMS implementation of a classic parametric resonator", IEEE-JMEMS, 24(5), 1285-1292, 2015.
  • S. Shmulevich and D. Elata, "Dynamically-balanced folded-beam suspensions for resonators", IEEE-JMEMS, 24(6), 1965-1972, 2015.
  • I. (Hotzen) Grinberg, S. Shmulevich and D. Elata, "Selective stiffening for enhancing and/or reversing the action of thermoelastic actuators". IEEE-JMEMS, 25(6), 999-1004, 2016.
  • S. Shmulevich and D. Elata, "A MEMS implementation of the classic Meissner parametric resonator: exploring high-order windows of unbounded response". IEEE-JMEMS, 26(2), 325-332, 2017.
  • I. (Hotzen) Grinberg, N. Maccabi, A. Kassie, D. Elata, "A piezoelectric twisting beam actuator". IEEE-JMEMS, 26(6), 1279-1286, 2017.
  • E. Benvenisty and D. Elata, “Frequency matching of orthogonal wineglass modes in disk and ring resonators made from (100) silicon”. IEEE SENSORS Letters, 3(3), 1-4, 2019.

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