NIH T32 Cancer training fellowship awarded to Dr. Oliver

Dr. Oliver was awarded a T32 posdoctoral cancer training fellowship through the NIH at the University of Michigan Cancer Center.  This prestigious training grant will enable him to interact with and train under prominent cancer researchers and Bio-Engineers at the University of Michigan with collaborations aimed at preventing and treating breast cancer.

MARC 2015: “Robotic photopatterning of large 3D surfaces”

Adam Stevens presented our work on Robotic photopatterning of large 3D surfaces.

Congratulations to Adam for winning the best speech award.

Patent awarded for high-throughput microfluidic based bio-diseal synthesis method

Congratulations to Brian H. Dennis, Richard E. Billo, Christopher R. Oliver, John W. Priest, Edward S. Kolesar, and Elinor Kolesar in the final patent award for a novel method to synthesize biodiesel using arrayed microfluidic devices and diffusive mixing.

Methods and Systems for Improved Biodiesel Production
US 20110060152 A1


In a method and system to produce biodiesel using an improved catalytic transesterification process, a first reactant and a second reactant are dispersed to form a laminar slug flow pattern within a microchannel of a microreactor, the first reactant and the second reactant being immiscible. The first reactant and the second reactant are mixed, thereby triggering a reaction between them to […]

Elected to the MBSTP Executive Board

I’m pleased to announce that as an Microfluidics and Biomedical Sciences Training Program Fellow I will also be serving on the executive board to plan this years seminar series (student/faculty).  We will also be hosting a symposium at the end of the year for fellows and members to present their work to colleagues.

Ryan Oliver was awarded the Microfluidics and Biomedical Sciences Training Program Fellowship for 2012-2013

I was selected as one of six fellows to receive the Microfluidics and Biomedical Sciences Training Program (MBSTP) Fellowship for the academic year 2012-2013.

From the MBSTP website:

“The MBSTP is a National Institute of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) funding training program that supports an interdisciplinary approach to graduate training that emphasizes biomedical microfluidics. The program supports 6 students each for 2 years. 45 faculty members from 20 different deparments from the College of Engineering, the College of LS&A, and the Medical School participate. Although the program only supports 6 students, all those interested are […]

Elected to the NIMSA Executive Board

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be participating in the Nanotechnology and Integrated Microsystems Students Association (NIMSA) at the University of Michigan as an executive board member (Education Chair 2012-2013).


I will be leading the organization of student seminars for the year.  We have a great set of seminars already lined up that I know you’ll enjoy including:

Mostafa Bedewy
Mohammad Olfatnia
Yuchao Yang

Update: We hosted over 40 seminars this year!

Elected Executive Committee Member of the University of Michigan Graduate Symposium

This year we will be organizing a broader graduate symposium with interdisciplinary topics covered.  This is meant to address emerging areas in nano and micro-manufacturing.

From the website:

“The Engineering Graduate Symposium is a college-wide event focusing on doctoral and master’s programs and graduate student research. This program is open to all College of Engineering current undergraduate and graduate students as well as prospective graduate engineering students from other institutions. The day-long program features the following opportunities for students:

Poster presentations
Departmental visitations
Admissions and funding workshops
Networking with graduate students
Featured speakers”

Awarded a Departmental Fellowship at the University of Michigan by the Mechanical Engineering Department

Ryan Oliver received the Mechanical Engineering Departmental Fellowship for the academic year 2010-2011.  This fellowship was awarded to support research during the first two years doctoral research at the institution.  With this support I joined the Mechanosynthesis lab under professor John Hart to study micro/nano manufacturing.

Feature write up in UTA Research Magazine

The following is a reproduction of a feature article in the UTA Research Magazine.


Student Profile: Ryan Oliver
Student’s work could recharge the world’s fuel supply
Ryan Oliver relaxes in his chair, answering questions and providinginformation in a casual manner. He doesn’t come across as a dynamic
achiever. But that’s exactly what he is.

Oliver recently received his master’s degree in industrial engineering from
UT Arlington a year after graduating summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree. As a graduate student, he worked with professors John Priest in industrial engineering and Brian Dennis in mechanical engineering to develop a microreactor that converts cottonseed and similar agricultural products into […]

Engineering Deans Fellow

I was awarded a fellowship through the Engineering Dean’s office in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington academic years 2007 and 2008.