Prof. Juan G. Santiago, director of the Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory, earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC, he received four fellowships as a doctoral candidate (including fellowships from NSF and Exxon Corp.), and a UIUC Teaching Fellow Award. He was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corporation (’95 – ’97), where his work included the development of flow diagnostics for micronozzles. Prof. Santiago received a Ford Foundation Postodoctoral Fellowship (’97), and worked as a Research Scientist at UIUC’s Beckman Institute (’97 – ’98).
Santiago is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford. He specializes in microscale fluid mechanics and microfluidic system design. His research includes the investigation of transport phenomena and optimization of microsystems for pumping liquids, electrophoretic injections and separations, sample concentration methods, and rapid micromixing processes. The applications of this work include microfabricated bioanalytical systems for genetic analysis, drug discovery, and bioweapon detection. He has received a Frederick Emmons Terman Fellowship (’98-’01), won the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition (’01), and was awarded a National Science Foundation PECASE Award (’03-’08).