Muthukumaran Loganathan receives ASME DSCD Best Student Paper on Mechatronics!

Muthukumaran Loganathan, 2017 Ph.D. graduate in mechanical engineering, received the Best Student Conference Paper on Mechatronics for his paper, “Quasi-Repetitive Control for Fast and Accurate Atomic Force Microscopy,” presented at the American Control Conference in July, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The 2017 Best Paper award is given by the ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Division for the best paper with a student author as the primary author from four 2016 conferences: the American Controls Conference, the ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Conference, the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics Conference, and the International Symposium on Flexible Automation.  The award was announced at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Conference in October 2017. 

Dr. Loganathan’s paper presents a new control methodology to track a class of quasi-periodic signals that are of practical importance for the control of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).  The developed controller enables AFMs to generate highly accurate 3D digital images of samples with sub-nanometer resolution.  This research was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Loganathan received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Anna University, India in 2010.  He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Missouri S&T in 2012 and 2017, respectively, under the advisement of Dr. Doug Bristow, Associate Professor of mechanical engineering.  His research interests include atomic force microscopy, precision motion control, and repetitive and iterative learning control.  Dr. Loganathan is currently a Senior Design Engineer at ASML US, Inc. in Wilton, Connecticut.