Clark School Home UMD

ISR News Story

Alumnus Xiaobo Tan to Lead New NSF Program for Secondary School Teachers


ECE/ISR alumnus Xiaobo Tan is leading a new National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering (RET) program at Michigan State University (MSU). The program focuses on biology-inspired technology and systems.

Tan is an MSU assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2002, advised by Professor John Baras (ECE/ISR) and Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR).

The new program is aimed at providing training for science, technology, engineering and mathematics middle and high school teachers. The teachers will participate in cutting-edge research in artificial muscles, robotic fish, biosensors, biomechanics, biofuels, digital evolution and biomolecular engineering.

NSF hopes such training will “lead to the development of innovative curricula in biology, physics, chemistry and technology that excites precollege students and livens up classroom learning,” Tan said. “By exposing teachers to research that affects important global issues such as environment, energy, food and health care, and by transitioning such knowledge and excitement to the classroom, we hope young students will see and pursue science and engineering-based learning and career paths leading to a bright future.”

Since earning his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Tan has been working on developing highly maneuverable "biomimetic" robotic fish. He was the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award for "Dexterous Biomimetic Micromanipulation Using Artificial Muscles: Modeling, Sensing, and Control," which developed a knowledge base in electroactive polymers. Currently, his research is funded by an Office of Naval Research award to develop robots based on biological principles that incorporate biomimetic electroactive polymers.

August 9, 2009


Prev   Next

 

 

Current Headlines

Coelho, Austin and Blackburn win best paper award at ICONS 2017

Ryzhov promoted, granted ISR/Smith School joint appointment

Miao Yu named Maryland Robotics Center director

Decade of TMV research leads to never-before-seen microsystems for energy storage, biosensors and self-sustaining systems

Former ISR postdoc Matthew McCarthy earns tenure at Drexel University

New TMV supercapacitor work featured in Nanotechweb article

Jonathan Fritz promoted to Research Scientist

ISR postdoc helps develop 'nanosponge' that erases and repairs incredibly small errors

ECE Professors Abshire, Goldsman, and Newcomb Participate in ISCAS 2017

Sandborn Awarded ASME Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar