Santosh Devasia is the Principal Investigator of a recently funded grant from the NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) Program, Grant # EEC 1042061; the proposed educational efforts under this NUE grant are described in this paper.
Santosh Devasia received the B.Tech. (Hons) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990 and 1993 respectively. He is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Washington, Seattle where he joined in 2000. From 1994 to 2000, he taught in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He has served as the Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control and the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. His current research interests include inversion-based control theory and applications such as high-precision positioning systems for Atomic Force Microscopes and Scanning Tunneling Microscopes used in nanotechnology, biomedical applications such as the imaging of human cells to investigate cell locomotion, and control of distributed systems such as Air Traffic Management.
Dr. Jim Borgford-Parnell is Assistant Director and instructional consultant for the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching at the University of Washington. He taught design drawing, and theory, research methods, educational theory, and adult and higher education pedagogy courses for over 25 years. Jim has been involved in instructional development more than ten years, and currently does both research and instructional development in engineering education.
Jae-Hyun Chung is McMinn Endowed Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Washington. Dr. Chung received his B.S. in 1995 and M.S. in 1997 from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. His Ph.D. was earned in 2004 from Northwestern University in the field of electric field guided assembly of carbon nanotubes. He has received awards including, the McMinn Endowed Professorship, an NSF Career Award, and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award.
Professor Amy Shen is an Associate Professor at Mechanical Engineering department from University of Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis from 2002 - 2007. Amy Shen's research program concerns complex fluids and the processing of these fascinating materials to create morphologies and structures that can find application in the nanotechnology, biotechnology, and energy related materials. Within this broad area, her laboratory takes advantage of the coupling of complex fluid microstructures with the spatial confinement that is possible by using microfluidic flow methods, to offer exquisite morphological control of soft materials.
Junlan Wang has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington since Dec. 2008. Before joining UW, she was an Assistant (2003 - 2008) and then Associate Professor (2008) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Wang's research is in the area of nano and micromechanics of complex material systems. She is interested in developing novel experimental techniques complemented by numerical and analytical approaches to study the mechanics and physics of materials and structures at small spatial and temporal scales. Professor Wang is a member of ASEE, ASME, MRS, and SEM.
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