Debbie Senesky

Debbie Senesky

B.S., University of Southern California, Mechanical Engineering (2001)
M.S., University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering (2004)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering (2007)


Debbie G. Senesky is an assistant professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She is a lover of materials and structures ranging in various length scales (nano, micro, and macro). In addition, she is obsessed with understanding how materials, devices, and structures operate within harsh working environments (e.g., deep space, combustion, and down-hole). Her laboratory, the XLab (Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory), has the coolest name on campus. Her recent research topics include: high-temperature ceramic sensors for Venus exploration, temperature- and irradiation-dependent properties of SiC and GaN, and radiation-hardened and self-healing semiconductor electronics. In recognition of her research, she received the Early Career Faculty Award from NASA in 2012.

Debbie G. Senesky is an Associate Professor at Stanford University in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and by courtesy, the Electrical Engineering Department. In addition, she is the Principal Investigator of the EXtreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab). Her research interests include the development of nanomaterials for extreme harsh environments, high-temperature electronics, and robust instrumentation for Venus exploration. In the past, she has held positions at GE Sensing (formerly known as NovaSensor), GE Global Research Center, and Hewlett Packard. She received the B.S. degree (2001) in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California. She received the M.S. degree (2004) and Ph.D. degree (2007) in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Senesky recently chaired the 2018 Women in Aerospace Symposium (WIA2018) at Stanford University. She has served on the technical program committee of the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEEE IEDM), International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems (Transducers), and International Symposium on Sensor Science (I3S). She is currently the co-editor of three technical journals: IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Sensors, and Micromachines. In addition, she currently serves on the board of directors of the non-profit organization Scientific Adventures for Girls. In recognition of her research, she received the Emerging Leader Abie Award from in 2018, Early Faculty Career Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2012, Gabilan Faculty Fellowship Award in 2012, and Sloan Ph.D. Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004. Prof. Senesky's career path and research has been featured on Seeker, People Behind the Science podcast, The Future of Everything radio show,, and NPR's Tell Me More program. More information about Prof. Senesky can be found at and on Instagram (@astrodebs).

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