Gianluca (Gian) Piazza

Professor – ECE Director – Nanofab
Department Carnegie Mellon Nanofabrication Facility
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office 333 Roberts Engineering Hall
Telephone (412)-268-7762
Assistant Jacqueline Chraska

Research Interests

The activities in my laboratory are targeted at understanding the fundamental science of micro and nanomechanical structures to control material properties, engineer device design and fabrication, and devise new classes of micro and nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS) that are directly interfaced with electronic circuits. This is done with the overall mission to overcome substantial limitations of state-of-the-art communication, computing and sensory systems.

My group research interests focus on the invention, design, and demonstration of M/NEMS for five main areas:

  • Low power mechanical radios
  • Nanomechanical computing
  • Integrated chemical and biological sensing platforms
  • Opto-mechanical and acousto-optic systems
  • Micro and nano phononics

In the News

  • Associate Professor Piazza to receive Sathaye Career Development Professorship
  •  Gianluca (Gian) Piazza

    Carnegie Mellon, 2012

    Research Area



    MEMS, NEMS, nanotechnology, microfabrication, integration of electronics with M/NEMS


    PhD, 2005
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of California, Berkeley

    MS, 2001
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Texas at Austin

    MS, 2001
    Electrical Engineering
    Politecnico di Milano

    BS, 2001
    Electrical Engineering
    Politecnico di Milano