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Dr. Uche Wejinya
Associate Professor
Director, Micro and Nano Systems Engineering Laboratory
Director, NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) Student Team
Director, NSF REU Program (2014—2017)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(MicroElectronicsPhotonics, Adjunct)
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201
Phone: +1 (479) 575-4800 (Office)
Phone: +1 (479) 575-3092 (Research Lab)
Fax: +1 (479) 575-6982
E-mail: uwejinya@uark.edu
Room 106 MEEG Building
Room 3917, ENRC


Dr. Uche Wejinya received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA in 2000 and 2002, respectively.  Upon completing his M.S. degree in 2002, he worked for General Motors research and development center where he conducted research on Magneto-Rheological Fluid (MRF) clutch system before returning to graduate school.  He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in August 2007 from Michigan State University.  After completing his Ph.D., he held a post-doctoral research position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.

In February 2008, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas—Fayetteville where he currently holds the rank of associate professor.  Dr. Wejinya’s research interests include mechatronics with emphasis on nanotechnology – nanomaterials for nanosensors including biosensors, chemical sensors; nanoelectronics; control systems design and application, robotics, electronics, biomechanics, micro-tools for handling and manufacturing of micro and nano devices, and modeling and simulation of micro and nano structures.  He is the author and co-author of more than 70 conference and journal articles, and has presented at several national and international conferences.  Dr. Wejinya holds 2 US patents and is the author of 2 book chapters. He has given more than 15 invited talks nationally and internationally in his young career and has organized multiple sessions (both invited and non-invited) at several international conferences. He was among the first group of USA graduate students to participate in the National Science Foundation, East Asia Pacific Summer Institute in Beijing, China in 2004 where he conducted research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Automation.  In 2010, Dr. Wejinya received the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences Fellowship for Young International Scientist Award. Dr. Wejinya is a member of IEEE, ASME, and NSBE.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2007.
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2002.
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, 2000.
  • A.S., Mathematics and Natural Science with Honors, Washtenaw Community College, 1998.


  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Fellowship for Young International Scientist Award, 2010.
  • General Electric Foundation First Faculty Research Grant, 2008.
  • NSF Summer Institute on Nanomechanics, Nanomaterials, and Micro/Nanomanufacturing Fellowship, 2008.
  • Michigan State University, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2007.
  • Michigan State University, Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006.
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship, 2002-2005.
  • NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellowship, 2004.
  • General Electric FUND Faculty for the Future Scholarship, 2000-2001.
  • General Electric FUND Faculty for the Future Doctoral Fellowship, 2004-2006.