Mr. Moustafa Raslan received his M.S. degree in interdisciplinary engineering in December 2019. His thesis entitled “Shape Memory Alloy Actuated Switch (SMAAS)” 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.

Moustafa received his B.S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in Qatar in May 2017. His research interests include electro-mechanical systems, shape memory alloys and microfabrication.