Manufacturing Innovation and Neural Interface (MINI) Lab

Lei Chen, Ph.D.

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Welcome to the Manufacturing Innovation and Neural Interface (MINI) Lab!

We are located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and led by Dr. Lei Chen.

The MINI Lab conducts experimental and modelling work to generate fundamental understandings of manufacturing processes. The research includes but is not limited to innovative experimental monitoring sensors and methods, physics-based numerical modelling, data-based modelling and analysis, and error source analysis and identification of manufacturing processes. Through collaborations with manufacturing industry, healthcare providers, as well as neuroscientists, we aim to implement our manufacturing expertise into broad applications in both industry and healthcare.

Our research interests could be grouped into three main areas: advanced manufacturing processes, brain-machine interface, and biomedical manufacturing. Please see further details in the Research Page.

If you are interested in joining us, please refer to the Available Positions Page for more information.

For questions regarding our research as well as collaboration requests, please feel free to contact Dr. Lei Chen at

Lab News

02/2021 Our paper entitled "Laser Sharpening of Carbon Fiber Microelectrode Arrays for Brain Recording" got accepted and published in ASME Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing.

01/2021 Our paper entitled "Multi-Bevel Needle Design Enabling Accurate Insertion in Biopsy for Cancer Diagnosis" got accepted and published in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

01/2021 Our paper entitled "Finite element composite simplification modeling and design of the material extrusion wave infill for thin-walled structures" got accepted and published in International Journal of Mechanical Sciences.

01/2021 The MINI Lab received National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant sub-award to conduct research on "A universal and 3D-printed rat calvarium replacement system to enable for pan-cortical and sub-cortical recordings and optogenetics".

01/2021 Dongyang Yi joined the Lab as a Ph.D. student. Welcome!

01/2021 Dr. Lei Chen joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell as an Assistant Professor.