Dan Popa

Dr. Dan Popa

Vogt Endowed Chair on Advanced Manufacturing

Dan Popa is the Vogt Endowed Chair on Advanced Manufacturing in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Louisville, and head of the Next Generation Systems (NGS) research group.

Popa's research group is studying microsystems and robots that are increasingly small, cheap, integrated and networked. The group is working with robots who could help man a factory floor, and maybe some day, a hospital.

Popa previously worked as a research scientist at the Center for Automation Technologies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), working on more than 20 industry-sponsored projects. After that, he taught electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, was an affiliated member of UT Arlington's Research Institute (UTARI), and was a founding member of the Texas Microfactory initiative.

Popa has a broad experience base, including:

  • Simulation, control and packaging of microsystems;
  • Design of precision robotic assembly systems;
  • And control and adaptation aspects of human-robot interaction.  

Popa received a bachelor of arts in engineering, mathematics and computer science and a master of science in engineering, both from Dartmouth College. He received a PhD in electrical, computer and systems engineering from RPI in 1998, focusing on control and motion planning for nonholonomic systems and robots.