Cullen Buie, PhD

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Microfluidic tools genetic transformation in synthetic biology
Dynamic interactions between fluids and porous media
Low cost energy storage systems


Cullen Buie obtained his B.S. from The Ohio State University in Mechanical Engineering. As a senior at Ohio State, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to attend graduate school at Stanford University. His graduate work involved water management for hydrogen fed fuel cells and fuel delivery for direct methanol fuel cells. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in January of 2009. Prior to joining MIT, Cullen Buie was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley working with Professor Liwei Lin at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center (BSAC). He is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (with tenure) at MIT.


Buie's laboratory explores flow physics at the microscale for applications in materials science and microbiology. His research is applicable to a diverse array of problems, from anti-biofouling surfaces and biofuels to energy storage and bacterial infections.

Honors & Awards: 

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2016)
DuPont Young Professor Award (2013)
DARPA Young Faculty Award (2013)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012)