REAPER Lab congratulates Mr. Moustafa Raslan for successfully defending his MS thesis, “Shape Memory Alloy Actuated Switch (SMAAS).” Mr. Raslan’s research studied the feasibility of using shape memory alloy as a mechanism for actuating an electrical switch. He evaluated several candidate designs, downselecting to feasible designs which were then prototypes to demonstrate the functionality. Mr. Raslan’s contributions are expected to enable an entirely new type of electrical switch, capable of being miniaturized using micro-electro-mechanical (MEMs) techniques. His research resulted in a US patent application in addition to scholarly publications.

Mr. Raslan received his B.Sc. with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in Qatar in May 2017. He is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Engineering in the REAPER lab at Texas A&M University with a focus area spanning Mechanical, Electrical and Materials Engineering. His research interests include electro-mechanical systems, applications of shape memory alloy materials, and microfabrication.