Yang Fang and Dr. Tan Won Best Mechatronics Paper Award

Yang Fang and Dr. Tan Won Best Mechatronics Paper Award
Yang Fang and Dr. Tan Won Best Mechatronics Paper Award

Yang Fang and Dr. Xiaobo Tan have received the 2008 Best Mechatronics Paper Award from the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD), for their paper "Design and Modeling of a Petal-Shape, Conjugated Polymer-Actuated Micropump" presented at the 2008 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. The paper was selected because it "exemplified creative integration of mechanical and electrical design in mechatronics systems". The award was presented by Dr. Kok-Meng Lee, Professor at Georgia Tech and Chair of the Mechatronics Technical Committee, on October 12 during the 2009 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Hollywood, CA.

The ASME/DSCD Best Mechatronics Paper Award was established in 2008, and it recognizes the best paper presented and published in the proceedings of conferences sponsored by the DSCD Mechatronics Technical Committee in the calendar year preceding the award. These conferences include IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, American Control Conference, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, and IFAC Symposium on Mechatronics. The award is selected by the Mechatronics Award Committee, currently consisting of Prof. Brad Paden (UC Santa Barbara, Committee Chair), Prof. Wayne Book (Georgia Tech), Prof. Suhada Jayasuriya (Texas A&M, and NSF), Prof. Clarence W. de Silva (University of British Columbia), and Prof. Masayoshi Tomizuka (UC Berkeley).

Yang Fang completed his Ph.D. dissertation in August this year, which was focused on modeling, control, and applications of conjugated polymer actuators and sensors. He is currently with Southwest Research Institute.