Kristen Dorsey

Kristen Dorsey

Assistant Professor of Engineering, Smith College

Visiting Assistant Professor 2021-2022

Professors Danielle Wood and Hiroshi Ishi, SA+P (Media Arts and Sciences)

Kirsten Dorsey


Kristen Dorsey's research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of micro-scale sensors and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). She likes to understand “why things go wrong” by investigating device reliability and stability. Her current and previous work has had applications in actuation, gas chemical sensing, and inertial sensing.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys mentoring middle- and high-school students. Previously, she has volunteered with Techbridge Academy for Girls, Summer Engineering Experience, and mentored several FIRST robotics teams.

Selected Publications

K.L. Dorsey and A.P. Pisano, “Stability and Control of a Metal Oxide Gas Sensor in Air Flow”, IEEE J. Sensors, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 699-705, 2016.

D.A. Rolfe, K.L. Dorsey, and A.P. Pisano, “A model to guide template-based nanoparticle printing development,” ASME Intl. Conf. on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, San Francisco, USA, 2015.

K.L. Dorsey, S.S. Bedair, and G.K. Fedder, “Gas chemical sensitivity of a CMOS MEMS cantilever functionalized by evaporative assembly,” J. Micromech. Microeng. 24 (7), 075001, 2014.