Biography of Shorya Awtar:
Shorya Awtar, Sc.D. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current research and technology development interests include enhanced-dexterity tools for minimally invasive surgery, precision motion systems for metrology and manufacturing applications, electromagnetic actuators, MEMS actuators and motion stages, and energy harvesting. He earned his engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (B.Tech., 1998), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 2000), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sc.D., 2004). He worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and GE Global Research prior to joining the University of Michigan. He has co-founded two startup companies, FlexDex LLC and HiperNap LLC, to commercialize the technologies developed in his research lab. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed conferences and journal articles and has two-dozen inventions that are either patented or patent-pending. He has received the US National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Leonardo daVinci Award, the General Motors Young Investigator Award, the Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph Teetor Award, and multiple R&D100 Awards, among others, for his innovations in machine and mechanism design.