Analog and Digital Control

Andrew M. Fawcett
Midland High School
Originally from the industrial heartland of England, Andrew earned an undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Nottingham. He then went on to attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, earning a Master’s Degree in Radiations and specializing in Radiation Oncology. He also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. Andrew has taught all levels of physics at Midland High School (alongside Jeff) for the past 17 years. This summer at CMU, he is excited to advance his understanding of project based learning (PBL) and apply what he learns in his physics classes. For fun, Andrew likes to get his hands dirty in the garden alongside his wife, and spend quality time with his nine year old daughter playing football (soccer), riding bikes and whacking tennis balls around.
Dr. Shaopeng (Frank) Cheng
Central Michigan University

Motion is one of the basic building elements in our society. Human body is able to create complex and intelligent motions because of the great capabilities of human brain, muscle, and sensing. To mimic the basic motion of a human body with a robot, the motion of the robot system must be first mathematically modeled and then physically implemented. The complexity of a robot’s motion model mostly depends on the capabilities of the robot sensing and control systems, as well as the requirements on robot’s motion accuracy. The research in robot motion modeling, manipulation, and control involves the basic and advanced concepts and applications of mathematics, measurements, communication, and performance control. For the industrial robots that will be used in this project, because of limited sensing capabilities and strict requirements of motion accuracy, the motion of the robot must be precisely modeled with mathematic concepts such as Cartesian coordinate systems, polar coordinate system, trigonometry, matrix, polynomial functions, differential equations, frame transformations, kinematics, and dynamics. A robot joint is one of the building elements to robot motions. Basic and advanced engineering concepts are also used in robot joint design; motion planning, motion measurement and control.

Jacquelyn M. Swanson
Central Michigan University

I am a senior at CMU, but still have two years left. I am majoring in Integrated Science and minoring in School Health and Biology. I plan to student teach in Australia for 4 weeks before I graduate. I am the Vice President of the National Science Teachers Association at CMU. My interests include fishing, snowboarding, arts and crafts, exercising, and really most everything that is science related. I also really like kids and I can not wait to see how I can positively influence and help them grow as they teach me as much as I will teach them!