Micro-mechatronic systems are miniature electro-mechanical devices that incorporate actuation, sensing, and control systems to provide novel functionality at a unique scale.

Micro-mechatronic applications currently being studied by Professor Oldham and his students include:

Past projects include

Other applications and topics of microsystems research include microactuator design and control, mechanical design for controllability, ultra-low-power control systems, optimal controller design techniques, and system identification for sensing applications.

Micro-robotics is also the topic of the Oldham group’s engineering outreach for secondary education.


Bio-Inspired PiezoMEMS Micro-Robot                             Control Stategies for Inertial Sensor Calibration



Miniaturization of Novel Medical Devices                             MEMS Applications to Hard Disk Drives

(see also: Center for Optical Imaging)                  MEMS diskdrive_intro

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Principal Investigator:  Associate Professor Kenn Oldham, oldham@umich.edu

Research Fellows:
Michul Shin (Ph. D. 2012, Tufts University)
Jeong Ryou (Ph. D. 2013, University of Michigan) – with National Institute for Standards and Technology

Graduate Students:
Jongsoo Choi
Jinhong Qu
Yi Chen
Andrew Kuo
Meng Dong

Undergraduate Students:
Wenran Chen
Paul Barnes

Alumni (Major Project Date, if applicable):
Jeong Ryou (Ph. D. 2013)
Bongsu Hahn (Ph. D. 2012)
Biju Edamana (Ph. D. 2012)
Choong-Ho (Chris) Rhee (Ph. D. 2012)
Wajiha Shahid (M.S. 2013)
Xianke Lin (M.S. 2010)
Peter Park (M.S. 2008)
Ran Lin (B.S. 2012)
Tong Zhang (B.S. 2009)
Joseph Rivas
Daniel Slavin
Andrew Cohen
Henrietta Cho
Kyle Liepelt
Ramon Alonso
Chengyun Hua
Shira Bennett
Paul Jones
Christopher Smock
Xianke Lin