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Taher Saif


Primary Affiliation

Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Phone 333-8552



  • Biography


    • B.S., civil engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 1984

    • M.S., civil engineering, Washington State University, 1987

    • Ph.D., theoretical & applied mechanics, Cornell University, 1993

  • Honors
    • 2020: Engineering Science Medal, Society of Engineering Science

    • 2018: Warner T. Koiter Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    • 2016: Member, International Advisory Board, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2016-

    • 2012-2016: Member, Board of Directors, Society of Engineering Science

    • 2016: President, Society of Engineering Science

    • 2009: College of Engineering Outstanding Advisors list

    • 2006: MechSE Alumni Effective Teaching Award

  • Research

    Research Interests:

    • Biohybrid robots, engineered living systems

    • Biomechanics: cellular mechanics and mechanotransduction, cancer metastasis, neuro mechanics

    • Deformation mechanisms of nanoscale materials

    • Mechanics of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS)

  • 2013

    • Cha, C. Y.; Antoniadou, E.; Lee, M.; Jeong, J. H.; Ahmed, W. W.; Saif, T. A.; Boppart, S. A.; Kong, H., Tailoring Hydrogel Adhesion to Polydimethylsiloxane Substrates Using Polysaccharide Glue. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2013, 52, (27), 6949-6952, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201302925


    • Ahmed, W. W.; Li, T. C.; Rubakhin, S. S.; Chiba, A.; Sweedler, J. V.; Saif, T. A., Mechanical Tension Modulates Local and Global Vesicle Dynamics in Neurons. Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering 2012, 5, (2), 155-164.