James Friend

James Friend leads the Medically Advanced Devices Laboratory in the Center for Medical Devices at the University of California, San Diego, a professor in both the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine.

He spent 14 years abroad as a faculty member in Japan and Australia before returning to the US, having founded one micro/nanofabrication facility at Monash University in 2005-7, helping to found another—the $45 million Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication—over 2007-10, and serving as a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow, Professor, and the inaugural director of the MicroNano Research Facility at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia from 2012–14, a $35 million, 12,000 sqft. cleanroom+biolab before joining UC San Diego in November 2014.

His research interests are principally in exploring and exploiting acoustic phenomena at small scales, mainly for biomedical applications. He currently supervises a team of 7 PhD students and 3 post-docs. Over the years, he has over 260 peer-reviewed research publications (H-factor = 46) and 32 patents in process or granted, completed 33 postgraduate students and supervised 20 postdoctoral staff, and been awarded over $25 million in competitive grant-based research funding.

He received an AIAA Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award and an ASME Best Paper of Conference Award for a single talk at the AIAA/ASME/AHS/ASC/ASCE Structural Dynamics & Mechanics Conference in 1996; excellence in teaching, early career research, and research awards from the Monash Faculty of Engineering in 2006, 2008, and 2011, respectively; a Future Leader award from the Davos Future Summit in 2008; a Top 10 emerging scientific leader of Australia by Microsoft and The Australian newspaper award in 2009; an award as the corresponding author of one of the top 50 papers of the past 50 years of Applied Physics Letters in 2012; and the IEEE Carl Hellmuth Hertz Ultrasonics Award from the IEEE in 2015 before being named a fellow of the IEEE in 2018. 

Principal Investigator: Professor James Friend 
Phone/Zoom: +1-858-26o-95o8 • https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/8582609508 
Personal Assistant: Lusia Veksler 
Center for Medical Devices
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering • Jacobs School of Engineering
Department of Surgery • School of Medicine 
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC0411
La Jolla, CA 92093-0411

Offices: 344K/345C&F Structural and Materials Engineering Building 
Lab: 320 Structural and Materials Engineering Building 
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Shipping address:
University of California, San Diego
Attn: Prof James Friend, (858) 260-9508
320 SME MC0411
7835 Trade Street
San Diego CA 92121-2460

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