Gianluca Piazza is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests focus on piezoelectric Micro and Nano-ElectroMechanical Systems (M/NEMS) for RF wireless communication, chemical/biological detection, and all mechanical computing. He also has a general interest in the areas of micro/nano fabrication techniques and integration of micro/nano devices with state-of-the-art electronics. He has more than 10 years of experience working with piezoelectric materials and devices.

Piazza is the director of the John and Claire Bertucci Nanotechnology Laboratory. He holds several patents in the field of micromechanical resonators some of which have been licensed by industry. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Journal of MicroElectroMechanical Systems. He received the IBM Young Faculty Award in 2006 and has won, with his students, the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Frequency Control Symposium in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, and at the IEEE Ultrasonic Symposium in 2012. He serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Journal of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (JMEMS). Prior to joining CMU, he was the Wilf Family Term Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

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2005 Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Berkeley

2001 BS, Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

2001 MS, Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

2001 MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Austin

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2023 Engineering Faculty Awards announced

The 2023 Engineering Faculty Awards highlight faculty members who have shown outstanding educational, research, and service efforts. Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees!

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Engineering faculty awarded professorships

ECE faculty Franz Franchetti, Gianluca Piazza, Shawn Blanton, Maysam Chamanzar, and Vyas Sekar were awarded professorship titles in April and May 2021.

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A big comeback for a little switch

Maarten de Boer and Gianluca Piazza are developing reliable, mechanical switches the size of a DNA molecule, thanks to a $2M LEAP-HI grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Power-full sound waves

Gianluca Piazza is developing a piezoelectric system that powers devices with ultrasound.