Michele Mancini
Michelle L. Mancini, Ph.D., CFEI
Senior Associate
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Phoenix

The focus of Dr. Mancini’s expertise is in failure analysis and safety design reviews of electrical and electronic systems. She has expertise in evaluating consumer products, electronic devices, and household appliances for safety, which includes the analysis of lithium-ion batteries, protection circuitry, device construction, and system functionality. She has extensive experience with high-throughput testing of products for accelerated aging of electrical systems and components. Dr. Mancini has performed numerous on-site and laboratory fire investigations relating to both home and industrial incidents. She has worked extensively on electrical testing and safety analysis of biomedical devices. Her expertise includes the evaluation of medical devices for FDA compliance, magnetic resonance imaging compatibility, and insurance code application. Additionally, Dr. Mancini has expertise in performing due diligence investigations for assessing biomedical technology and intellectual property, including market and technology research into current wearable technologies.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Mancini completed her Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In her graduate work, she applied her electrical engineering expertise to problems in neuroscience to greatly improve the selectivity and precision of neuronal stimulation. This research is applicable to medical devices, including cortical and peripheral prostheses as well as deep brain stimulators. Part of Dr. Mancini’s dissertation work was to develop a system of model-based optimization routines that altered stimulus parameters in real-time to target particular subpopulations of neurons. From this work, Dr. Mancini has experience in systems design, closed-loop optimization, software development, online video data analysis, microfabrication, mathematical modeling, cell culture, and microscopy. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Mancini earned her M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech, where she studied hybrid neural microsystems. Her graduate work represents nine years of experience beyond earning her two B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. 

During her undergraduate education, Dr. Mancini interned at Boeing Satellite Systems where she gained hands on experience in power systems design and analysis on the Anik F2 communications satellite. Dr. Mancini also received an undergraduate research fellowship at the Harvard Medical School where she developed automated systems for rapid DNA sequencing under Dr. George Church. She has extensive teaching experience across a variety of education levels: she has provided one-on-one tutoring to high school students, mentored undergraduate student researchers, and both lectured in graduate classes and led graduate teaching laboratories. Dr. Mancini has also taught English internationally. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP), Recipient 2006

    National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, 2006–2008

    Passed FE Exam, Rolla, Missouri, 2005

    Electrical Engineering Scholar, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2004, 2005

    SBC Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2000–2004

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board, CFEI #20378-11441p

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish

Publications

Guvanasen GS, Mancini ML, Calhoun WA, Rajaraman S, DeWeerth SP. Polydimethylsiloxane Microstencils Molded on 3-D-Printed Templates. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 2014 Oct; 23(5):1045–1053.

Presentations

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Automated closed-loop extracellular electrical stimulation and optical recording for increasing the selectivity of the stimulus-evoked response within a neuronal population. Poster presented at: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 24–27, 2012.

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Closed-loop multisite extracellular electrical stimulation and optical recording for measuring and controlling the evoked response of a neuronal population. Poster presented at: Neuroscience 2011, Washington, D.C., November 12–16, 2011.

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Closed-loop targeted electrical stimulation for excitation of selective neuronal populations. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, October 6–9, 2010.

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Real-time characterization of neuronal response for selective stimulation. Poster presented at 7th International Meeting on Substrate-Integrated Microelectrode Arrays, Reutlingen, Germany, June 29–July 2, 2010.

Kuykendal ML, Ross JD, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Real-time characterization of neural excitability by multisite extracellular stimulation. Poster presented at Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., November 15–19, 2008.

Kuykendal ML, Ross JD, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Real-time characterization of multisite extracellular stimulation. Short talk presented at Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, October 2–4, 2008.

Kuykendal ML, Ross JD, DeWeerth SP. The spatial quantification of evoked neural responses to excitatory and inhibitory stimulus waveforms. Poster session presented at IGERT Project Meeting, Arlington, VA, May 18–20, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

National Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi

National Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP), Recipient 2006

    National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, 2006–2008

    Passed FE Exam, Rolla, Missouri, 2005

    Electrical Engineering Scholar, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2004, 2005

    SBC Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2000–2004

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board, CFEI #20378-11441p

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish