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David Trumper

Contact Info

room 10-140K

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1980


  • 1984


  • 1990



Research Interests

  • Mechatronics
  • Precision Engineering
  • Applications of Continuous- and Discrete-Time Control
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechatronics for Biomedical Devices
  • Electromechanics and Electric Machines
  • Magnetic Suspensions and Bearings
  • Control of Fluid Systems
  • Analog and Digital Signal Processing


David L. Trumper joined the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering in August 1993, and holds the rank of Professor. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in 1980, 1984, and 1990, respectively. Following the Bachelor's degree, Professor Trumper worked two years for the Hewlett-Packard Co. After finishing the Master's degree, he worked for two years for the Waters Chromatography Division of Millipore. Upon completing the Ph.D. degree, for three years he was an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, working within the precision engineering group. Professor Trumper's research centers on the design of precision mechatronic systems, with a focus on the design of novel mechanisms, actuators, sensors, and control systems. He has conducted research in topics including precision motion control, high-performance manufacturing equipment, novel measurement instruments, biomedical and bioinstrumentation devices, and high-precision magnetic suspensions and bearings. He is a member of the IEEE, ASME, and ASPE (past-President).

Honors + Awards

  • 2014, IFAC Mechatronics Paper Prize
  • 2016, IFAC Mechatronics Paper Prize 
  • 2017, 2017 NI Engineering Impact Award, Advanced Research
  • 2017, MIT Committed to Caring Award


  • American Society for Precision Engineering, ASPE
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME

Professional Service

Professional Development Activities in the Last Five Years

  • 2014-Present, Advisory Board, NASCENT NSF Engineering Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • 2015-Present, HTSC Advisory Board, High-Tech Systems Center, Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands 
  • 2016, Co-Chairman, ASPE Spring Topical Meeting, “Control of Precision Systems,” MIT, Cambridge, MA.
  • 2017, NIH STTR Review Panel
  • 2017, Organizing Committee, ASPE Annual Meeting
  • 2018, NIH STTR Review Panel
  • 2018, Organizing Committee, ASPE Annual Meeting

MIT Service

  • 2001-2015, Departmental Awards Committee
  • 2008-Present, Graduate Admissions Committee
  • 2012-Present, Independent Activities Period Coordinator


  • 2004-Present Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • 2000- 2004 Associate Professor with tenure, MIT
  • ​1996-1998 Associate Professor, MIT
  • ​1995-1996 Assistant Professor, MIT
  • ​1993-1998 Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina
  • ​1990-1993 Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina


Publications and Presentations from the Past Five Years

  • Yoon, J-Y., and Trumper, D.L., “Strong and Quiet Linear Iron-Core Synchronous Motor,” submitted to the ASPE Annual Meeting, March, 2018
  • Noh, M., and Trumper, D.L., “Homopolar Bearingless Slice Motors Driving Reluctance Rotors,” 16th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings, Beijing, China, August, 2018
  • Zhou, L., Hamer, T., Harrison, H., and Trumper, D.L., “New Take-Home Laboratory Experiments for Enabling Hands-On Engineering Education,” submitted to National Instruments NIWeek, February, 2018
  • Yoon, J-Y., and Trumper, D.L., “Strong and Quiet Linear Iron-Core Synchronous Motor,” ASPE Annual Meeting, October 30-November 2, 2017
  • T. T. Hamer, L. Zhou, D. L. Trumper, V. Perez, A. Gil, A. H. Slocum, and N. Calvet, "Implementation of themal-insulating and mixing elements in a concentrated solar power on demand system," SolarPACES 2017, Concentrated Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, September 26-29, 2017, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Book chapter:   Trumper, D.L., Hocken, R.J., Amin-Shahidi, D., Ljubicic, D., and Overcash, J., High Accuracy Atomic Force Microscope.  In Control Technologies For Emerging Micro And Nanoscale Systems, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, 2011, Volume 413/2011, 17-46.
  • Yoon, J-Y., and Trumper, D.L., “High-Force, Linear Iron Core Fine-Tooth Motor,” 11th International Symposium on Linear Drives for Industry Applications, Osaka Japan, September 6-8, 2017
  • T. T. Hamer, L. Zhou, D. L. Trumper, A. H. Slocum, and N. Calvet, "An origami-inspired design of a thermal mixing element within a concentrated solar power system." In ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2017
  • Noh, M., Gartner, M., and Trumper, D.L., "Magnetically Levitated Blood Pump Impeller for Life Support," National Instruments NIWeek Conference, Austin, TX, May, 2017. Winner of 2017 NI Engineering Impact Award in Advanced Research category.


  • Trumper, D.L., Lang, J.H., Cannon, B.L., Zahn, M., “System and method for providing electromagnetic imaging through electroquasistatic sensing,” #9395317, July, 2016.
  • Noh, M., and Trumper, D.L., “Homopolar, Flux-Biased Hysteresis Bearingless Motor,” #10,177,627, January, 2019.
  • Nguyen, T.V., et al, “Device for controlled apical flow in cell culture inserts,” #10,323,221B2, June, 2019.
  • Griffith, L.G., Trumper, D.L., et al, “Modular System for Integrated Culture of Multiple Microphysiological Systems with Microbiome,” granted Feb. 2020.
  • Gartner, M., Noh, M., and Trumper, D.L., “Adult and pediatric extracorporeal life support system with heparin treated oxygenator surface and magnetic levitation motor,” granted Feb., 2020.