NSTI Nanotech 2009

MEMS & Wireless: from devices to microrobotic swarms

Dan Popa

Dan Popa

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Automation & Robotics Research Institute at UT Arlington

Prof. Dan Popa received a BA in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and a MS in Engineering, both from Dartmouth College, USA, in 1993 and 1994, respectively. He received a PhD in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998, focusing on motion planning for nonholonomic robots.

In 1998 he joined the Center for Automation Technologies at RPI, where he held the ranks of Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist until 2004. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. He has a broad experience base, including the design, characterization, modeling and control of microactuators, the design and control of multiscale and precision robots, the deployment of multirobot systems, and the development of new paradigms for microsystems packaging and integration. His current research focuses on design and manufacturing of microsystems and microrobots.

Prof. Popa is the recipient of several prestigious awards and the author of over 100 refereed conference and journal papers, book chapters published in IEEE, ASME, SME and IMAPS societies.

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