Gloria J. Wiens is currently an associate professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The University of Michigan, and M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. Since receiving her Ph.D. degree in 1986, she has served on the faculty of State University of New York-Binghamton, Auburn University and University of Florida where she has been for the past 16 years. Dr. Wiens’ areas of research interest are Robotics, Spatial Mechanisms, System Dynamics and Controls with applications in Space, Reconfigurable Micro/Small Satellite Deployable Systems, Automation, MEMS/Biomedical Devices, and Micro/Mesoscale Manipulation/Manufacturing. Professor Wiens has held/holds numerous positions in ASME including Manufacturing Engineering Division Chair (1998-99), member of Mechanisms Committee (1991–1996, 2006–2012), member of Micro/Nano-Scale Systems (MNS) Committee (2005–present), MNS Program and Conference Chair for iDETC/CIE 2008 and 2009, respectively, and Conference Micro and Nano Technologies Track chair for 2008 MSEC.