Dr. Nathan Lazarus is an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Delaware.   He obtained his BSE degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon in 2010 and 2012 respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.  From 2012 to 2022, Dr. Lazarus was a researcher in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate at US Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD. Nathan Lazarus was a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2019, the highest honor bestowed by the US government on researchers beginning their independent research careers.

Dr. Lazarus’s current research focuses on soft materials and design of stretchable systems for wearable devices and soft robotics, in addition to new fabrication approaches such as 3D printing and self-folding origami.


September 2022 – Our group is now recruiting multiple Ph.D. student positions in soft robotics, stretchable electronics and 3D printing.  Interested students should send a resume to Dr. Lazarus at nlazarus (at) udel (dot) edu.

August 2022 – I’m pleased to announce that I have joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Delaware as an Associate Professor.

Thesis Defense Photo

June 2022 – My Ph.D. student Adam Bachmann at NCSU (co-advised with Dr. Michael Dickey) successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis.

Congratulations Adam!

Laser PCB Kirigami

March 2022 – Our paper on laser folding kirigami of printed circuit boards was featured on the nanotechnology website Nanowerk:

Congratulations Adam!


June 2021 – Our paper on selective acoustic charging wins the ‘Best Conference Paper’ award at 2021 IEEE MTT-S WPTC.  Congratulations Victor!

Micromachines Outstanding Reviewer Award

March 2021  – Dr. Lazarus is announced as a recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the journal Micromachines.


April 2020 – The Flexisense senior design team co-advised by Dr. Lazarus wins ‘Most Innovative’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice’ Awards in Penn’s M&T Integration Lab Competition.  Congratulations!

Second place

February 2020 – Our group’s Ph.D. student intern Jorge Cardenas wins second place in the student competition at Flex2020.  Congratulations Jorge!

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July 2019 – Dr. Lazarus is announced as one of the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for 2019.  The PECASE is the “highest honor bestowed by the US Government to outstanding scientists and engineers” early in their careers who “show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”

Fed Tech Pitch Night Team 2 Stretchable Power

June 2019 – Stretchable Power entrepreneur team co-mentored by Dr. Lazarus wins third place at FedTech Pitch Night 2019. Congratulations!


October 2018 – Dr. Lazarus is selected as ARL’s Early Career Award winner for 2019.

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June 2018 – Our recent paper on laser folded inductors is featured on IEEE Spectrum Blog:

May 2018 – MS student advisee Sabrina Curtis defended her thesis at University of Maryland.  Congratulations to Sabrina!


November 2017 – Dr. Lazarus is asked to write an article on his recent Laser Origami paper for the popular science website ScienceTrends:

Sabrina and UMD Team

November 2017 – UMD Stretchable Photovoltaics team, co-mentored by Dr. Lazarus, competes in the national finals of the Collegiate Inventors Competition as one of the top six undergraduate teams in the nation. Congratulations!

Sabrina Award

April 2017 – MS student advisee Sabrina Curtis wins 2nd place in the student poster competition at MAMNA 2017.  Congratulations Sabrina!

22nd Honorary Awards - 28 - Me and Chris Meyer

November 2016 – Dr. Lazarus and collaborator Dr. Chris Meyer selected for ARL’s Honorary Award for Engineering 2016.

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May 2016 – Dr. Lazarus is selected as the Rookie Employee of the Year Award (Gold) -Technical/Scientific Category (2016) by the Baltimore Federal Executive Board.