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The Development Of A Micro/Nano Assembly Work Cell Via Microvisual Sensing

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Design Constituents

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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14.1195.1 - 14.1195.11



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Dugan Um Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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DUGAN UM achieved his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Sensitive robotic skin for unknown environments motion planning was the subject of his dissertation. After he received his degree, he joined Caterpillar Inc. as a research engineer and worked for 4 years at Caterpillar R&D group and Research center. Currently he is at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi delivering his 4 years of engineering experiences into classes. He is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Engineering & Technology, Mechanical Engineering major, Texas A&M University.

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Bahram Asiabanpour Texas State University

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Dr. Asiabanpour is an assistant professor of manufacturing engineering at Texas State University since 2003. He has published several journal and conference papers in Rapid Prototyping and CAD/CAM. He designed and has taught four new senior-level courses in manufacturing engineering program including capstone senior design. He has been very successful in involving undergraduate students in his research in rapid prototyping and in his publications. He has also enlisted the support of local industries in his teaching and research activities.

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Jesus Jimenez Texas State University

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Undergraduate Research Project: Development of a Micro/Nano Assembly Workcell Via Micro Visual Sensing


The first year of the NSF REU program titled “Micro/nano Assembly Workcell via Micro Visual Sensing” provided a positive learning and research opportunity for 10 junior-level students in the fields of mechanical, manufacturing, industrial, and materials engineering with an emphasis in micro-manufacturing systems. The objective of this program is to provide selected student participants with unique research experiences in a stimulating and collaborating environment so that students will develop a passion for engineering research, which can hopefully trigger further learning and discovery of the micro-manufacturing discipline. Primary research activities have taken place in the areas of micro/nano electro-mechanical system material and structure, micro sensor/actuator system and design, feedback control system for precision assembly, and micro- robotic arm kinematics/dynamics and motion control. The intellectual merit comes from student participation in an excellent, multi-disciplinary research program at the forefront of micro- manufacturing research to fabricate components at the micro level (i.e. less than 500 οm) for various applications. The student participants in this program not only contributed to the development of micro-manufacturing technology, but their reactions indicate that they are more likely to remain in a technical field. Successful development of the micro-manufacturing system from the project opens endless application opportunities in homeland security, transportation, aerospace, biomedical, advanced manufacturing, and many other commercial applications.

I. Introduction

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) programs have been conducted for many years in different fields of science and engineering. The educational findings of some of the REU site programs have been reported in educational conferences and journals. Davenport and Porter1, in their literature, addressed the complete process of their recruitment, implementation, assessment, and follow-up surveys of their REU mathematics program for targeted groups (women and minorities). They reported impressive results about participant’s attendance to graduate programs (up to 70%). Similarly, researchers at Clarkson REU Site Program in Environmental Science and Engineering reported 60% attendance rate to graduate programs for their REU participants2. Another study about the national weather center REU site3 indicated that participants were significantly more committed about attending the graduate program at the end of the REU program compared to the beginning of the program. However they reported statistically no significant change in students’ career plan and interest in becoming research scientist. The objective of the NSF REU Site “Micro/nano Assembly Workcell via Micro Visual Sensing” is to provide hands-on training in micro-manufacturing research to a total of 20 student

Um, D., & Asiabanpour, B., & Jimenez, J. (2009, June), The Development Of A Micro/Nano Assembly Work Cell Via Microvisual Sensing Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4499

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