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Kwang W. Oh is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at SUNY-Buffalo where he leads the Sensors and MicroActuators Learning Laboratory (http://SMALL.buffalo.edu). He received his BS degree with high honors in Physics from Chonbuk National University, Korea, in 1995. He earned his PhD degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2001. Prior to joining SUNY-Buffalo in 2006, he worked at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Korea, where he developed micro PCR and LOC platforms for clinical diagnostics. He has (co)authored over 110 technical publications and holds 19 US patents. He has strong R&D skills for problem solving in many microfluidic systems with wide knowledge of bio-assay/device miniaturization, micro/nanostructure device design and fabrication and bio-instrument integration and automation. Recently, he has been promoted and featured in the Lab on a Chip's 2012 themed issue dedicated to highlighting the work of emerging investigators in the field of microfluidics. He is serving as a co-chair of the symposium section of Micro and Nano Fluidics at the NSTI NanoTech Conference since 2012. He is a guest editor of a special issue "On-Chip Sensors" of the online journal, Sensors, MDPI. His current research focuses on droplet-based microfluidics, microfluidic networks, 3D cell culture platforms, vacuum-assisted micro pumping, blood separation, ultrasound imaging and sensing, and microfluidic applications. His research is extensively funded through NSF (National Science Foundation), NYSTAR (The New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation), KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) and SUNY-Buffalo (University at Buffalo).





Kwang W. Oh. Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor

  • Department of Electrical Engineering
    Director of SMALL (Sensors and MicroActuators Learning Lab)
    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY at Buffalo)
    Buffalo, NY 14260

  • Office: 113C Davis Hall
    Lab: 117 Davis Hall and 326/326A Bonner Hall

  • Tel: (716) 645-1025

  • E-mail: kwangoh@buffalo.edu

  • Web-site: www.SMALL.buffalo.edu or http://www.MicroTAS.org

University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York (SUNY–Buffalo)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering (2012 – current)

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering (2006 – 2012)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering (03/2006 – 08/2006)

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Bio Lab, Korea
Education - Ph.D. (1997 – 2011)
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Dissertation: Development of magnetically actuated microvalves and micropumps for surface mountable microfluidic systems

  • Advisor: Prof. Chong H. Ahn

Education - M.S. (1995 – 1997)
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Thesis topic: Development of a photodiode and its flip-chip bonding technology for optical MEMS

  • Advisors: Prof. Chong H. Ahn

Education - B.S. ( – February 1994)
  • Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea

  • Department of Physics (with summa cum laude, GPA: 3.98/4.0)

    • focused on semiconductor physics and optics

Award and Honor
  • Selected as Emerging Investigators of Lab Chip journal. The Emerging Investigators themed issue focuses on technical contributions made by investigators who started their first independent position within the last seven years. Through this Emerging Investigators themed issue, Lab Chip aims to give wide-spread exposure to current advances from new investigators and stimulate further progress in the field based on these new advances.

  • Professional Development Award, United University Professions (UUP), SUNY (04/2012)

  • Professional Development Award, United University Professions (UUP), SUNY (05/2011)

  • Professional Development Award, United University Professions (UUP), SUNY (05/2010)

  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering, selected for the 11th 2011–2012  edition
    of Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who's Who

  • Research Initiatives Travel Award, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)(02/2010)

  • Research Initiatives Travel Award, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    (SEAS) (11/2009)

  • Professional Development Award, United University Professions (UUP), SUNY ($641) (06/2009)

  • Who's Who in America, selected for 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of Who's Who
    in America, Marquis Who's Who

  • Outstanding Researcher Award, Bio Lab, SAIT (08/2005)

  • Outstanding Paper Award, in SAMSUNG Journal of Innovative Technology (2004)

  • Knowledge Management Best Practice Award, SAIT (2004)

  • Six Sigma Best Practice Award, Samsung Group (2004)

  • Six Sigma Best Practice Award, SAIT (2003)

  • Honor of CEO, Samsung Electronics, for the commercialization of a micro PCR
    (polymerase chain reaction) system (2003)

  • Conference Travel Award, Adhesives in Electronics '98, Binghamton, NY (1998)

  • Conference Travel Award, Solid-State Sensor and Actuator Workshop '98, Hilton
    Head Island, SC (1998)

  • University Graduate Scholarship, University of Cincinnati (1995-2000)

  • University Graduate Scholarship, Chonbuk National University (1995)

  • Honor of Dean, College of Natural Sciences, Chonbuk National University (02/1995)

  • Yangback Foundation Fellowship, Daenong Group (1993 – 1995)

  • University Tuition Scholarship, Chonbuk National University (1991 – 1995)

Professional Activity
  • Guest editor, special issue (On-Chip Sensors) of the online journal, Sensors, MDPI (12/2013 - current)

  • Co-chair, Symposium section of Micro & Nano Fluidics, NSTI NanoTech Conference and Expo, Washingto DC, June 15-18, 2014

  • Co-chair, Symposium section of Micro & Nano Fluidics, NSTI NanoTech Conference and Expo, Washingto DC, May 12-15, 2013

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Engineering (a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering), Hindawi Publishing

  • Editorial Board Member (International Editor), an international journal, Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Materials (Trans. Electr. Electron. Mater.: TEEM, ISSN 1229-7607), published by the Korean Institute of Electrical and Electronic Material Engineers (KIEEME)

  • Editorial Specialist, The Global Network of Korean Scientists &Engineers (KOSEN)

  • Section chair, Symposium section of Micro & Nano Fluidics, NSTI NanoTech Conference and Expo, Santa Clara, California, June 18-21, 2012

  • Co-organizer and section chair, Energy and Power in Micro and Nano Systems, ASME IMECE (International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition), Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 12 – 18, 2010

  • Co-organizer and section chair, Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine, the 2nd annual Integrated Nanostructured Systems (INS) Workshop, UB, NY, May 2009

  • Co-organizer and section chair, Energy and Power in Micro and Nano Systems, ASME IMECE (International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition), Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Nov. 13 – 19, 2009

  •  Co-organizer and section chair, Multifunctional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, the 1st annual Integrated Nanostructured Systems (INS) Workshop, UB, NY, May 18 – 19, 2007 

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