Microfluidics and Acoustics Lab


Recent News:

December 10, 2022: John Cotter has earned his Ph.D. degree. Very well done, John! Congrats.

August 18, 2022: John Cotter's project is selected as a Finalist in the 2022 Cade Prize Competition.

June 6, 2022: Saleh Alhumaid successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations, Saleh!

June 1, 2022: We have received a NSF I-Corps Grant ($50k) titled "I-Corps: Recycled Plastic Lumber"

May 15, 2022: John Cotter's project is selected as one of the 6 finalists for the Next Generation Inventors session of the National Academy of Inventors 11th Annual Meeting.

April 25, 2022: Guldiken has been elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

September 17, 2021: Guldiken has been appointed as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering at USF.

July 10, 2021: Our Educational YouTube Channel now has a complete course on thermodynamics consisting of 70 lecture videos totaling 15 hours of focused content.

June 23, 2021: Our ongoing research in the line of bridge safety inspection is highlighted on FOX 13 Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Inno.

June 1, 2021 -  A U.S. patent "Arc Melted Glass Piles for Structural Foundations and Methods of Use" is granted; U.S. Patent No: 11,021,846; Co-Inventors: John Cotter. This is the eight patent of Guldiken

May 11, 2021: Ph.D. Candidate John Cotter received 2nd place overall in JABIL's Technology Innovation Challenge 2021 for his project on buildings made of bulk glass column.

May 3, 2021: We have received a research grant from Transtek International Group (TIG) LLC and Florida High-Tech Corridor totaling $240,002 titled "Fast Track Ultrasonic Imaging of Concrete Bridge Decks"

March 2, 2021 - A journal paper titled "Energy regeneration from vehicle unidirectional suspension system by a non-contact piezo-magneto harvester" is published in Engineering Research Express; Co-Authors: Alhumaid, Hess and Guldiken

February 22, 2021 - Our Open Courseware on Fluid Mechanics is now available at CollegeFluidMechanics.com

December 12, 2020 - One Ph.D. Candidate, Hani Alhazmi, and one MSME student, Akshay Gulhane, officially graduated. Dr. Alhazmi is starting as an Assistant Professor at Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia. We wish him and Akshay all the best of success.

November 21, 2020- Our Educational YouTube Channel now has a complete course on ordinary and partial differential equations consisting of 68 lecture videos totaling 20 hours of content.

August 7, 2020- In collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, we have received an NSF Grant ($306K) to investigate the student learning outcomes when systematic metacognitive activities are used within a flipped undergraduate fluid mechanics course curriculum versus when they are not.

August 6, 2020 - Charles finished his project of HVAC Design (a chilled water system with hydronic heating) for Braden River Middle School Classroom Addition. We are glad to support our local communities.

July 27, 2020 - A journal paper titled "Intrinsically Patterned Electrical Systems: Physical Requirements and Experimental Demonstration" is published in Microsystem Technologies; Co-Authors: Cotter, Wang and Guldiken.

July 6, 2020 - Check out our new series of videos on the YouTube Channel reviewing and solving practice problems for the Fluids Mechanics section of the FE exam.

June 26, 2020 - Dr. Guldiken has received the 2019-20 USF College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award. We would like to thank the Dean’s Office and the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Educators for selecting us for this award.

June 6, 2020 - A journal paper titled "Contactless Liquid Height and Property Estimation Using Surface Acoustic Waves" is published in Acoustics; Co-Authors: Alhazmi and Guldiken

May 10, 2020 - Two Ph.D. students (Dr. Joel Cooper and Dr. Marwan Belaed) officially graduated! They are now our colleagues! We wish them the best of luck in their endeavors. Once a Bull, always a Bull...

May 2, 2020 - A journal paper titled "Cost-Effective Bulk Glass Reinforced Composite Columns" is published in Journal of Composites Science; Co-Authors: Cotter and Guldiken

March 19, 2020 - A U.S. Patent application  "Arc Melted Glass Piles for Structural Foundations" is published; Co-inventors: Cotter and Guldiken

March 18, 2020 - Our Educational YouTube Channel is up! We are excited to be assisting our fellow faculty and students in these hard times.

March 10, 2020 - Guldiken is the guest editor for the Special issue in Sensors Journal (Impact Factor: 3.03) titled "Electrostatic Sensors and Actuators" Please consider submitting a manuscript.

March 4, 2020 - A journal paper titled "Influence of Optical Thickness on the Melting of a Phase Change Material in a Thermal Energy Storage Module" is published in JOM; Co-Authors: Belaed, Rahman, Guldiken

February 24, 2020 - A journal paper titled "Theoretical Design Strategies, Strengths, Costs, and Environmental Impacts of Triple Composite Beams Utilizing Glass Compressive Reinforcement" is published in Journal of Composites Science; Co-Authors: Cotter and Guldiken

February 2, 2020 - A journal paper titled "Volume and Frequency-Independent Spreading of Droplets Driven by Ultrasonic Surface Vibration" is published in Fluids; Co-Authors: Trapuzzano, Tejada Martinez, Guldiken, Crane

January 1, 2020 -  A U.S. patent "System and method of measuring cell viability and growth" is granted; U.S. Patent No: 10,520,472; Co-Inventors: Mohapatra, Mohapatra, Guldiken, Nair, Wang. This is the sixth patent of Guldiken


Microfluidics and Acoustics Laboratory at the University of South Florida investigates piezoelectric and electrostatic transducers and their integration with microfluidics for various applications ranging from early disease detection to advanced manufacturing. The lab’s main efforts are concentrated on the fundamental investigation of design, fabrication, experimental characterization, and field testing of these microfluidic devices.