• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Oscar S. Wyatt, Jr. '45 Chair II Professor
  • Chair, Faculty Mentoring and Success, Mechanical Engineering
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
M. Cynthia Hipwell

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley — 1996
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University — 1991

Research Interests

  • Dr. Hipwell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST). Her research interests include nanoscale energy transport and tribology of small-scale devices; surface physics in and sensors and actuators for haptic and human/machine interfaces; and innovation business processes, technology and technology platforms to speed the innovation process.

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 Aggie Women Network Eminent Scholar
  • 2019 Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Council Faculty Mentoring Award
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors

Selected Publications

  • Changhyun Choi, Yuan Ma, Xinyi Li, Xuezhi Ma, and M. Cynthia Hipwell* “Finger Pad Topography beyond Fingerprints: Understanding the Heterogeneity Effect of Finger Topography for Human-Machine Interface Modeling” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021 13 (2), 3303-3310 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c15827
  • Changhyun Choi, Yuan Ma, Xinyi Li, and M. Cynthia Hipwell, “Spatial Comparative Method for Analysis of Skin Deformation across Scales,” IEEE Haptics Symposium 2020.
  • Li X., Choi C., Ma Y., Boonpuek P.,Felts J. R., Mullenbach,J., Shultz, C., Colgate, J. E., Hipwell, M.C “Electrowetting: a consideration in electroadhesion” IEEE Transactions on Haptics
  • Y., M., Hipwell, M.C “Modeling Capillary in the Finger-Device Tribology Interfaces” STLE Tribology Frontiers , October 2019
  • Li,X., Lai, C., Chatterjee, S., Ma,Y., Hipwell,M.C. “Study of human fingertip friction with controlled relative humidity” STLE Tribology Frontiers , October 2019
  • Chatterjee,S.,Del Toro,M. Li,X., Ma,Y., M., Hipwell, M.C “Design and optimization of a finger-surface tribometer with constant normal load control” STLE Tribology Frontiers , October 2019