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Emanuel M. Sachs

Emanuel M. Sachs

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Room 35-136
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-5381  
Fax: 617-253-0209  


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1983
S.M. in Mechanical Engineering,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1976
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA,1975


MIT Service:

1996 – present Professor
1992 – 1996 Associate Professor (with tenure)
1991 – 1992 Associate Professor (without tenure)
1986 – 1991 Assistant Professor
1986 – 1986 Lecturer, part-time


Other Related Experience

1985 – 1986 Consultant, Solarex Corporation
1980 – 1985 Principal Investigator & Project Leader, Arthur D. Little
1977 – 1979 Principal Investigator, Mobil Tyco Solar Energy Corp.
1976 – 1977 Rehabilitation Engineer, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Committee
Summer 1973 Machinist, Bond Research Labs


Patents (past five years):

  • Sachs, E., Hadjiloucas, C., Allen, S., Yoo, H, "Metal and Ceramic Containing Parts Produced from Powder using Binders Derived from Salt", US# 6,508,980 B1, Jan 21, 2003.
  • Sachs, E., Bang. W., Cima, M., "Molds for Casting with Customized Internal Structure to Collapse upon Cooling and to Facilitate Control of Heat Transfer", U.S.# 6,397,922 B1, June 4, 2002.
  • Sachs, E., Michaels, S., Allen, S., "Tooling Having Advantageously Located Heat Transfer Channels", US 6,354,361 B1, March 12, 2002.
  • Wallace, R., Sachs, E., Martz, J., "Continuous Melt Replenishment for Crystal Growth", US# 6,217,649 BA, April 17, 2001.
  • Sachs, E., and Serdy, J., "Non-Resonant and Decoupled Droplet Generator", US# 6,070,973, June 6, 2000.

United States Pending:

  • Sachs, E., Serdy, J., Naiman, A., "Ceramic Processing and Shaped Ceramic Bodies", Filed May 12, 2006.
  • Sachs, E., "Light Capture from Solar Cell Bus Bars", Filed December 5, 2005.
  • Sachs, E., "Method and Apparatus for Crystal Growth", Filed April 24, 2004.

Principal Publications (last five years):

  1. Sachs, E., Serdy, J., "Light Capture from Solar Cell Bus Bars", Proceedings of the IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, Waikoloa, HI, May 2006.
  2. Kernan, B., Sachs, E., Allen, S., Sachs, Christoph, Raffenbeul, L., Pettavino, A., Lorenz, A., "Homogenous Steel Infiltration", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Vol. 36A, pp. 2815-2827, 2005.
  3. Kernan, B., Sachs, E., Allen, S., Sachs, C., "Use of Computational Thermodynamics in Rapid Prototyping and Infiltrating Steel Parts", Proceedings of MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2004.
  4. Lorenz, A., Sachs, E., Allen, S., "Freeze-Off Limits in Transient Liquid-Phase Infiltration", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 641-653, 2004.
  5. Lorenz, A., Sachs, E., Allen, S., Rafflenbeul, L., Kernan, B., "Densification of Powder-Metal Skeleton by Transient Liquid-Phase Infiltration", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 631-640, 2004.
  6. Wang, H-R., Cima, M., Kernan, B., Sachs, E., "Alumina-Doped Silica Gradient-Index (GRIN) Lenses by Slurry-Based Three-Dimensional Printing", J. of Non-Crystalline Solids, Vol. 349, pp. 360-367, 2004.
  7. Sachs, E., Harvey, D., Janoch, R., Anselmo, A., Miller, D., Hanoka, J., "Silicon Ribbon via a Mesa Crucible: A New Concept in Ribbon Growth for Low Cost Solar Cells", Proceedings of the 16th European PV Specialists Conference, Paris, France, June 2004.
  8. Wallace, R., Sachs, E., Hanoka, J., "Multiple Ribbon Growth using the String Ribbon Method", Proceedings of the 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaics Energy Conversion, Osaka, Japan, 2003.
  9. Hong, S-B., Eliaz, N., Sachs, E., Allen, S., Latanision, R., "Corrosion Behavior of Advanced Titanium-Based Alloys Made by Three-Dimensional Printing (3DPTM) for Biomedical Applications", Corrosion Science, Vol. 43, No. 9, pp. 1781-1791, 2001.
  10. Uhland, S., Holman, R., Morissette, S., Cima, M., Sachs, E., "Strength of Green Ceramics with Low Binder Content", Journal of the American Ceramics Society, Vol. 84, No. 12, pp. 2809-2818, 2001.

Scientific & Professional Societies:

ASME (Member)
SME (Fellow)
Electrochemical Society (Member)
Pi Tau Sigma (Member; MIT Chapter President 1974–1975)


Honors and Awards (last five years):

TMS Champion H. Mathewson Award (2007)
Joseph Henry Keenan Innovation in Undergraduate Education Award (2006)
Best Oral Presentation Award, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2005)
Institute of Corrosion’s T.P. Hoar Award (2001)
Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering (2000–present)


Institutional and Professional Service (last five years):

WTEC/NSF Study on Advanced Manufacturing (2006)
Development of Discovery Teaching Methodology (2003-2006)

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