Robert Matthew Panas

Phone: +19254235569

Education and Professional Experience

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
  • B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
Robert is the Principal Investigator for a Laboratory Directed Research and Development Exploratory Research (LDRD-ER) effort begun in 2012 to develop a micromirror array technology. He has one patent granted, two applications, and three filed. He advised over 20 students while at MIT. Robert has received numerous awards and honors, including the Poster First Prize at Sandia PD2P Program (2013), the Rabinowicz Award for Outstanding Research in Tribology (2012), an LLNL IPO Record of Invention Award (2011), an ASPE Annual Meeting Scholarship (2011), a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2008–2011), and the DeFlorez Award First Place in Graduate Science (2010). He was also a Hertz Fellowship finalist in 2007.

Robert was a founder of the American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE) Chapter at MIT in 2012 and has been a member of the ASPE annual conference Organizing Committee in 2013 and 2014. He also is co-chairing the Precision Engineering Challenge Committee in 2014.

Research Interests

Precision microsystem design, mechatronics, controls and dynamics, compliant mechanisms, MEMS/microfabrication, electromagnetic design, manufacturing, precision engineering, additive micromanufacturing process development, nanopositioning

Selected Publications

Panas, R. M. and Hopkins, J. B., “Actuator Design for a High-Speed Large-Range Tip-Tilt-Piston Micromirror Array,” Proc. of the ASPE 29th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 9–14, 2014.

Panas, R. M. et al., “Non-Lithographically-Based Microfabrication of a Hexflex Nanopositioner,” Proc. of the ASPE 29th Annual Meeting, Saint Paul, MN, October 20–25, 2013.

Hopkins, J. B. and Panas, R. M., “Design of Flexure-based Precision Transmission Mechanisms using Screw Theory,” Precision Engineering 37, 2, 299–307 (April 2013).

Cullinan, M. A., Panas, R. M., DiBiasio, C. M., and Culpepper, M. L., “Scaling Electromechanical Sensors Down to the Nanoscale,” Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical 187, 162–173 (2012).

Panas, R. M., Cullinan, M. A., and Culpepper, M. L., “Design of Piezoresistive-based MEMS Sensor Systems for Precision Microsystems,” Precision Engineering 36, 1, 44–54 (2012).