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Assistant Professor


Phone: (512) 471-0262

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - MIT (2011)
M.S. Mechanical Engineering - MIT (2008)
B.S. Engineering - Swarthmore (2006)
B.A. Economics - Swarthmore (2006)

Dr. Cullinan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Dr. Cullinan was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dr. Cullinan received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011. At MIT, Dr. Cullinan worked in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) as part of the Precision Compliant Systems Laboratory (PCSL) directed by Professor Martin Culpepper. Dr. Cullinan also holds an MS (2008) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT as well as a BS in Engineering and a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College.

Graduate Students

I work in the design of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) utilizing controllable strained mono/multilayer graphene to create repeatable nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) resonators with ultra-precise load detection.

Ph.D. Student


My research addresses the creation and modeling of a silicon exfoliation process for flexible thin-film monocrystalline silicon devices.

MS/Ph.D Student

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis (2015)

My research focuses on precision machine design and control development of atomic force microscope based, in-line nanometrology tools for flexible substrates and roll-to-roll processes.

M.S./Ph.D Student

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University (2016)

My research centers on modeling and simulation of nanoscale sintering phenomena of metallic nanoparticles for use in novel micro selective laser sintering additive manufacturing applications.

M.S. Student

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2016) 

I work on the processing of a tunable graphene microelectromechanical (MEMS) resonator with applications in single molecule gas detection for the healthcare field.

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University (2017)

Researcher in micro-scale selective laser sintering tool design.

Project: Thermal Properties of Nanoparticle Beds in microscale Selective Laser Sintering

Ph.D. Student

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2018)

Project: Mechanical Metamaterials with Tunable Stiffness

Ph.D. Student

Project: Optimization of a Multi-Axis Nanopositioning Stage

M.S. Student


Now at Lawerance Livermore National Lab

My research explores the development of a MEMS tensile tester for material characterization of nanomaterials which exhibit scale dependent properties, such as photo-polymerization additive manufacturing processes.

Ph.D. UT-Austin (2018)

B.S. Mississippi State University

Now at Canon Nanotechnologies

Ph.D. UT-Austin (2018)


M.S. University of Texas at Austin (2016)

B.S. Purdue University

Now at Hummingbird Scientific

I work in the creation of atomic force microscope nanometrology systems developed to work in-line in silicon wafer based manufacturing processes.

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (2018)

B.S., M.S. National Taiwan University


Now at Intel Corporation

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (2017)

M.S. University of Texas at Austin

Now M.S./PhD at MIT Precision Engineering Research Group

B.S. University of Texas at Austin

Now at Applied Optoelectronics

My research concentrates on the design, modelling and fabrication of a bidirectional chevron-beam based MEMS thermal actuator, with the goal of utilizing the device for a metamaterial with programmable properties.

M.S. Student, UT-Austin 2018 

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester (2016) 

Research in Polysilicon Piezoresistors, NASCENT REU 2014. (UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering).

Now at Sandia National Lab

Multi-Scale Computational Modeling of Selective Laser Sintering for Process Improvements

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (2017)