Speed School's Dan Popa is leading research on microbots.
Speed School's Dan Popa is leading research on microbots.

They’re as tiny as a human hair. They’re robots. And they’re being produced at the University of Louisville robotics lab to do intricate surgery, break up cholesterol in your blood stream or manufacturer the tiniest parts for cell phones.

“The vision is in the near future we will be using so-called wafer scale microfactories,” said Dan Popa, UofL’s robotics team leader and a professor in the Speed School of Engineering. “On this wafer, there will be a ton of microbots similar to a factory. Instead of producing cars, they’ll be producing nanotechnology products.” 

Each of the microchips holds several microbots and Popa believes they can be used for several purposes, especially in health care. Check out the full story:

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.