University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Kira Barton received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. Barton continued her education in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2006 and 2010, respectively. She currently holds a postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Illinois focusing on precision coordination and motion control for emerging applications, with a specialization in iterative learning control. Barton’s work intersects controls and manufacturing and combines innovative manufacturing processes with enhanced engineering capabilities. The potential impact of this research ranges from building DNA sensors for biological applications to controlling the coordination of satellites in space. After completing her postdoctoral position, Kira will join the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as an Assistant Professor, in Fall 2011.