Prof. Bright's research is at an interface of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology, specifically nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS), leading to enhanced systems solutions with integrated sensing, control, and actuation. To build nano-scale systems, Prof. Bright's research integrates semiconductor microfabrication, atomic layer deposition, and advanced electronics packaging, combined with modeling and simulation. Applications of this work are in novel materials, microelectronics, microwave and optical communications, mechanical signal processing, sensors in extreme environments, and bioengineering. Educational component of this work includes development of low cost micro-scale instrumentation for laboratory experiments to provide a novel hands-on approach in teaching traditional engineering disciplines. Prof. Bright's research group is multidisciplinary, composed of students with diverse backgrounds in engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology.
electronics manufacturing, microsensors, microactuators, micro- and millimeter-scale mechanisms and systems, opto-electronics, optical, magnetic and RF microsystems, atomic-layer deposited (ALD) materials, nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS), micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), N/MEMS and electronics reliability, electronics packaging