Matthew Rueff


Dr. Tony Schmitz

Project Description

Matt Rueff is working with Dr. Tony Schmitz in the field of laser micromachining. In a collaborative effort with the UF Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group, a sapphire shear stress sensor is being developed for use in high temperature environments. Sapphire is difficult to machine with conventional techniques, so ultra-short pulse laser machining will be implemented. Ultra-short pulse laser machining efficiently removes material due to the rapid infusion of energy into the workpiece; the heat does not have time to conduct into the material because of the immediate ablation process. The final goal for this project is the production of a self-contained shear stress sensor.


  • B.S., University of Florida, Mechanical Engineering, 2008