Micro and Precision Engineering Research Group - Micro and Precision Engineering Group
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Prof. Hendrik Van Brussel
||Prof. Hendrik Van Brussel (°1944), is full professor in
mechatronics and automation at the Faculty of Engineering,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium, chairman of
the Division of Production engineering, Machine design and
Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his
B.Sc ME (Technisch Ingenieur) degree from Hoger Technisch
Instituut, Oostende, Belgium, in 1965, and his M. Sc. EE
(Burgerlijk Ingenieur) and PhD degrees from K.U.Leuven, Belgium, in
1968 and 1971 respectively. From 1971 until 1973 he was active in
Bandung, Indonesia, establishing a Metal Industries Development
Centre and as an associate professor at Institut Teknologi
He was a pioneer in robotics research in Europe and an active
promoter of the mechatronics idea as a new paradigm in machine
design. He has published extensively on different aspects of
robotics, mechatronics and flexible automation. His present
research interest is also shifting towards holonic manufacturing
systems, behaviour based robots, and micro and precision
engineering, including microrobotics.
He is Fellow of SME and IEEE. He received a honorary doctor degree
from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH),
Aachen, Germany, from ‘Politehnica’ University in
Bucarest, Romania, and from ‘Transilvania’ University
Brasov, Romania. In 2001-2002 he served as President of CIRP
(International Institution for Production Engineering Research). He
is a Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences
and Fine Arts, and Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Engineering Sciences (IVA).
Prof. Dominiek Reynaerts
||Dominiek Reynaerts was born in Tienen, Belgium, in 1963. He
received the mechanical engineering degree and the Ph.D. degree in
mechanical engineering, with a dissertation titled "Control methods
and actuation technology for whole-hand dexterous manipulation",
from the Katholieke Universiteit (K.U.) Leuven, Belgium, in 1986
and 1995, respectively. His research activities are in precision
mechanics, microrobotics, and micromechanical systems. He currently
is chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at
||Edwin R.M. Verschueren graduated in December 1995 at the
Technical University Eindhoven in mechanical engineering with
specialization in dynamics and control.
Worked for 4 as mechanical designer and control engineer for
Joined FEI Company in 2001 and continued working as control
- exploring innovative technologies in motion control for
- design of mechatronic systems: design and specification
of(software, electronics and mechanics;
- building competence on controlled mechatronic systems
- 1985: Graduated from the Technical University of Eindhoven,
division Mechanical Engineering, specialisation Precision
- 1985-1987: Construction of precise mechanical systems and
project leader at ASML.
- 1987-1991: Project leader production tools for LCD
manufacturing at Philips.
- Since 1991: Founder and CEO of Janssen Precision Engineering
(JPE), located near Maastricht Airport.
Prof. Kenji Uchino
||Kenji Uchino, one of the pioneers in piezoelectric actuators,
is Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers
and Professor of EE at Penn State University. He is also Founder
and Senior Vice President & CTO of Micromechatronics Inc.,
State College, PA. After being awarded his Ph. D. degree from Tokyo
Institute of Technology, Japan, he became Research Associate in
physical electronics department at this university. Then, he joined
Sophia University, Japan as an Associate Professor in physics in
1985. He then moved to Penn State in 1991. He was also involved
with Space Shuttle Utilizing Committee in NASDA, Japan during
1986-88, and Vice President of NF Electronic Instruments, USA,
during 1992-94. He is the Chair of Smart Actuator/Sensor Study
Committee sponsored by Japanese MITI. He was also the associate
editor for Journal of Advanced Performance Materials, J.
Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures and Japanese Journal
of Applied Physics.
His research interests are in development of solid state actuators
for precision positioners, ultrasonic motors, etc. He has authored
550 papers, 54 books and 26 patents in the ceramic actuator area.
He was also awarded his MBA degree from St. Francis University
(2008), and authored a new textbook,“Entrepreneurship for
Engineers”. He is a Fellow of American Ceramic Society from
1997, and also is a recipient of the SPIE Smart Product
Implementation Award (2007), R&D 100 Award (2007), ASME
Adaptive Structures Prize (2005), Outstanding Research Award from
Penn State Engineering Society (1996), Academic Scholarship from
Nissan Motors Scientific Foundation (1990), Best Movie Memorial
Award at Japan Scientific Movie Festival (1989), and the Best Paper
Award from Japanese Society of Oil/Air Pressure Control (1987).
At this symposium, professor Uchino will elaborate on key factors
in the commercialisation of piezoelectric actuators.
Wim Van de Vijver
||Wim Van de Vijver graduated in 2003 as a mechatronic engineer
at the University of Leuven. In that same year, he started his PhD
at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the same university.
At this symposium, Wim will defend his PhD work which resulted in
the development of the Leuven motor.
His presentation will bring the attendant up to speed with the
current state-of-the art in the design of piezoelectric
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