Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Dr. U Kei Cheang received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University in 2015 where he was supported by the NSF GRFP, the NSF IGERT Fellowship, and the NSF EAPSI Fellowship. Dr. Cheang’s research in Micro- and Nanorobotics entails the development of mobile micro and nanoscale swimming robots. His research encompasses controls, micro/nanofabrication, and micro/nanofluidics. Dr. Cheang's notable research include the modular microrobot, the particle-based microrobot, and the artificial bacteria. His work on robotic microswimmers was awarded the top 10 Netexplo Award in 2016.

Personal Profile


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2015
  • B.S./M.S., Dual-Degree Program, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2010

Honors and Awards


  • Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, MMCS Lab, September 2017 - Present
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, BAST Lab, September 2015 - June 2017
  • PhD Candidate, NSF GRFP Fellow, BAST Lab, September 2010 - June 2015
  • Hess Honor Scholar, BAST Lab, March 2008 - March 2010
  • Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
  • NSF EAPSI Research Fellow, Bio-Matrix Lab, June 2012 - July 2012
  • Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • NSF EAPSI Research Fellow, Nano Manufacturing & Mechatronics Lab, July 2012
  • Hanyang University, Ansan, South Korea
  • NSF EAPSI Research Fellow, Bionano Photonics Lab, July 2012 - August 2012
  • NSF EAPSI Research Fellow, Human-Robotics Lab, July 2012 - August 2012
  • ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA
  • Research Engineer, Health Device Group, March 2009 - September 2009
  • Metrologic Instrument Inc., Blackwood, NJ, USA
  • Mechanical Engineer, Automation Department, September 2006 - March 2007

Teaching Experience



Research Areas: Micro and Nanorobotics, Milli-scale soft robotics, Magnetic Control Systems, Micro and Nanofabrication, Targeted Therapy, Applied Nanomedicine

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  • Our paper titled “µ-PIV Measurements of Flows Generated by Photolithography-Fabricated Achiral Microswimmers” was published in Micromachines.

    Check out our article titled "µ-PIV Measurements of Flows Generated by Photolithography-Fabricated Achiral Microswimmers".

  • Our article, "Perspective: Computational Nanobiosensing," is available under the "Early Access" area on IEEEXplore

    Check out our article (DOI: 10.1109/TNB.2019.2956470) at

  • Zihan gave a seminar in the MEE Department

    Zihan gave a seminar in the MEE Department.


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We are building an interdisciplinary group to conduct research in the new and exciting field of micro/nanorobotics. Anyone interested in postdoc, PhD, Masters, and research assistant positions, please email me at cheanguk[at]


We are looking for talented researchers in the areas of

  1. controls
  2. micro/nanofabrication
  3. material science
  4. chemistry
  5. biology
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