Dr. Tan received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in automatic control from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China,  in 1995, 1998, respectively,  and his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland in 2002. From September 2002 to July 2004, he was a Research Associate with the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the University of Maryland. In August 2004 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor, and founded the Smart Microsystems Laboratory, which he has been directing since. He is currently an MSU Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at MSU. His research interests include electroactive polymer sensors and actuators, modeling and control of systems with hysteresis, soft robotics, and fish-like underwater robots and their application to environmental sensing. Dr. Tan's research has been supported by NSF, ONR, USGS, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and several other agencies and organizations. 


Dr. Tan is a Fellow of IEEE. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2006, the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award in 2010, the Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award (senior category) from MSU College of Engineering in 2018, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland in 2018. He has received several Best Paper Awards, including the 2008 ASME DSCD Best Mechatronics Paper Award, the Best Paper Award in Behavior and Intelligence at Alife XIII Conference in 2012, the Best Paper Award (Application category) at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in 2013, and the Best Paper Award of Symposium 3 at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS) in 2014 . He has served as an Associate Editor/Technical Editor for Automatica, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He has also served as a guest editor for IEEE Control Systems Magazine, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Meccanica, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications. He has served on the organizing or program committees for a number of international conferences, including serving as the Program Chair for the 15th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR'2011), the Finance Chair for the 2015 American Control Conference, the Registration Chair for the 2016 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, and the General Chair for the 2018 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Dr. Tan is also keen to integrate his research with educational and outreach activities, including serving as Director of an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site program at MSU from 2009 - 2016 and Curator of a robotic fish exhibit at MSU Museum from April 2016 to January 2017. 


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