MATRIX Lab Research Spotlight: Dr. Justin Stine

Dr. Justin Stine is bringing new opportunities to Southern Maryland through his position as an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering MATRIX Lab. In this role, he will oversee research operations and funding opportunities on professional and educational levels. His work is multidisciplinary and combines fields of electronics, additive manufacturing, biology, and electrochemistry to create complex integrated systems.

“Recently I have been involved in research projects at the UMD focused on developing ingestible devices, or smart pills, for monitoring the physiology within the human gastrointestinal tract,” Dr. Stine said. “The implications of this work could offer innovative, non-invasive healthcare solutions for drug delivery, monitoring, and diagnosis of prevalent gut conditions.”

In his new position, Dr. Stine plans to transition the work from his graduate studies into the domain of autonomy, specifically sensing applications with autonomous microsystems. He is spearheading the effort to bring UMD’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab to the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM) campus, which is home to the MATRIX Lab and the SMART Building. He also will play a pivotal role in the MATRIX Lab's research partnerships, many of which are tied to the defense- and aviation-oriented Southern Maryland region.

“The MATRIX Lab offers numerous possibilities to collaborate across the University of Maryland main campus, USMSM, and nearby government and industrial entities,” Dr. Stine said.

When asked what encouraged him to study engineering, Dr. Stine said he was fascinated with math and science from an early age.

“My father is an electrician so I was naturally drawn to wanting to understand how electronics worked and the STEM field provided me the ability and opportunity,” Dr. Stine said. “Through my physics classes in high school and undergrad I became motivated to pursue engineering and related fields as a career and life-long passion.”

He majored in physics and mathematics during his undergrad studies, and continued on to pursue electrical engineering during his graduate studies. He received his Electrical Engineering doctorate with a concentration in microelectronics in June 2023 from the University of Maryland. Find Dr. Stine’s faculty directory profile here.

Published October 3, 2023