Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Ahalapitiya H. Jayatissa

Ahalapitiya JayatissaProfessor and Director of the Nanotechnology & MEMS Laboratory

Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering


Nitschke Hall 4049
Phone: (419) 530-8245
Fax: (419) 530-8206




Dr. Jayatissa joined the University of Toledo in 2003 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to the Associate Professor with tenure and then to the Professor level. His current research is in the areas of synthesis and application of nanomaterials, semi Associate devices, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and energy conversion and storage devices. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), DARPA and the US Department of Energy. He is a recipient of prestigious NSF CAREER Award in 2003 for his research. Jay also won the outstanding faculty research award in Engineering in 2011 and Excellence in Supervision of Undergraduate Research Award in 2012.

Prior to joining UT, Jay worked at the Imaging Device Division at the Research and Technical Laboratory (STRL) of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) in Tokyo and Materials and Chemistry Divisions in Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in the USA. He has authored/coauthored more than 120 refereed papers and conference proceedings. He has obtained his PhD in Electronics Engineering from Shizuoka University in Japan (1995). Jay earned his BS in Physical Science with honors and MPhil in Physics from the University of Ruhuna. He is a winner of Scholarship from Japan Ministry of Education (MONBUSHO, 1992) for his PhD studies and a Research fellowship from Science and Technology Corporation in Japan (JST, 1996).

He is a senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, 2000) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME, 2000). Jay is also an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2000) and the International Society for Optical Engineers (SPIE, 2000).

Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS),
  • Nanotechnology,
  • Advanced Coating,
  • Thin Films,
  • Nanomaterials,
  • Sensors,
  • Renewable Energy


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Last Updated: 6/27/22