None of the following would be possible without help from the following
 -- The National Science Foundation (National Science Foundation under Grant No. EEC-0743111) who provided me with this great opportunity for genuine research
-- Danielle Tadros of Drexel U. and Jim McGonigle for heading and implementing the program
-- Dr. Haim Bau of U. Penn's SEAS, specifically in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
-- The great group of researchers I met within the Bau Research Group (ALL of you guys were a tremendous help!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!)
-- The RET returners , Chris M. Chris S, and Myra D. for your advice how to transition into labs as non-PhD researchers

AND FINALLY... my mentor,  Jinzhou Yuan, for your patience, guidance, and perseverance in helping me see this through to the end!