Dr Andrew Fleming: a world-first nanopositioning text

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Australian Research Fellow Dr Andrew Fleming has co-authored a significant new book that is of particular interest to researchers in mechatronics and in control applied to atomic force microscopy and other nanopositioning applications.

Design, Modeling and Control of Nanopositioning Systems, co-authored with Associate Professor Kam K Leang from the University of Nevada, is the first comprehensive text on the complete design cycle of nanopositioning systems.

Published in 2014, the book covers three broad areas covering precision control theory; the complete process of nanopositioning control including practical difficulties and their solution; and applying basic principles to experimental application in atomic force microscopes.

A graduate of the University with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 2000 and a PhD in 2004, Dr Fleming is currently Director of the University's Precision Mechatronics Lab and Senior Lecturer with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr Fleming's research focuses on nanofabrication, micro-robotics, metrological sensing, nano-positioning and high-speed scanning probe microscopy.

Over the past 12 years, Dr Fleming has secured over $10 million in funding, including a $750,000 Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for full-time research from 2014 to 2017 into miniaturising piezoelectric sensors.

Dr Andrew Fleming (left) receiving Newcastle Innovation Rising Star Award

Amongst the many awards received in his stellar career, Fleming received the Newcastle Innovation Rising Star Award for Excellence in Industrial Engagement and Technology Transfer in 2012 and was named the University of Newcastle's Researcher of the Year in 2007.

Access the book via the Springer publishing website.