Liam Christie

Liam Christie, a first year PhD electrical engineering student at the University at Buffalo, currently serves as a research assistant in UB’s Sensors and MicroAcutators Learning Lab. He performs cutting-edge research in advanced biometrics, test phantom metrology for medical diagnostics, and microfluidic device manufacturing. His research has resulted in six scientific publications and a number of professional presentations. He has also received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for student excellence.

Combining interests in STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Liam works to inspire future entrepreneurs and engineers. As an Eagle Scout, Liam has a passion for giving back to his community, and has created his own program through the Boy and Girl Scout communities of Western New York, teaching STEM merit badges including fingerprinting, inventing, and entrepreneurship. Liam is also involved with the university’s freshman year engineering seminar as a teaching assistant. Here he strives to mentor, teach, and inspire incoming freshman students in engineering thinking and process.

Liam has declared his thesis topic as “noninvasive photoacoustic blood pressure monitoring.” In short, this is replacing technology like the blood pressure cuff with high powered lasers that are capable of measuring blood pressure with the tap of a finger on a screen. This project has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare field by making blood pressure technology more affordable and available to the public. He works in conjunction with industry partners to develop and commercialize this technology. Liam seeks to contribute to the resurgence of medical industry in Western New York through his research and future company in the medical field.