Kimberly Turner

Professor & Chair
Mechanical & Environmental Engineering


3231E Engineering Science Building

University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

IEE Research Areas: 


Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation, Member
MEMS Lab, UCSB, Director
California Nanosystems Institute, Member
Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, Member
American Society for Engineering Education, Member
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Member
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member


2007 MTU Outstanding Alumni Award
2007 Top 50 Women in Business, Pacific Coast Business Times
2005 UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
2001 NSF CAREER Award
1997 American Vacuum Society Varian Fellowship

Research Description: 

The focus of Prof. Kimberly Turner's group is in understanding the physics of microscale devices from experimental dynamic motion behavior of the system. They design, model, analyze and experimentally characterize the dynamics of various MEMS devices.
Present research involves understanding the non-linear and parametric dynamics of MEMS devices and in utilizing the unique properties of such dynamics in small scale to implement novel designs for various applications like switches, sensors and filters.


BS: Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University (1994)
PhD: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University (1999)


She joined the department of Mechanical & Environmental Engineering at UCSB in August 1999, where she is continuing her research in the areas of MEMS and nanosystems. Her research group consists of 6 Ph.D. students, 3 undergraduate researchers and a postdoc. She has written over 80 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Turner leads a balanced life, and her hobbies include dog showing and bicycle riding/racing. She is the 2009 Cat 3 CA State Criterium Champion.