Total Units Required: 128
Mechatronic engineering is a new discipline that combines many of the skills of a mechanical engineer with those of a computer engineer and an electrical engineer. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Mechatronic Engineering program are prepared to design "intelligent" machines such as self-driving cars, automated warehouse systems, self-assembling machines and robots.
The Mechatronic Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Mechatronic Engineering Program Mission
The mechatronic engineering program has the primary mission of providing students a high-quality undergraduate engineering education with
- A curriculum that is firmly grounded in engineering fundamentals.
- A faculty that provides superior teaching and mentoring both in and out of the classroom.
- A faculty whose focus is undergraduate education.
- Class sizes that encourage student participation.
- Project experiences that build on fundamentals and develop team skills.
- Facilities and equipment that are readily accessible.
- An environment that is conducive to learning and encourages students from different genders and backgrounds.
The faculty is committed to offering a broad undergraduate experience that will promote professional growth and prepare students for a variety of engineering careers, graduate studies, and continuing education
Mechatronic Engineering Program Educational Objectives
The Mechatronic Engineering Program’s Educational Objectives are goals for its graduates to achieve a few years after graduation. Mechatronic engineering graduates will be prepared to
- Practice in engineering-related fields chosen from a broad range of industries.
- Recognize the need and have the ability to engage in continuing learning to adapt to evolving professions and to advance professionally.
- Become contributing members of society with an understanding of the inherent and unavoidable impact of practicing engineering.
Mechatronic Engineering Student Outcomes
Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Mechatronic Engineering Program graduates must demonstrate the following:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Mechatronic Engineering Design Experience
The design experience for mechatronic engineers is integrated throughout the curriculum. The courses which include design experiences are:
- CSCI 111 Programming and Algorithms I
- EECE 144 Logic Design Fundamentals
- EECE 315 Electronics I
- EECE 237 Embedded Systems Development
- EECE 344 Digital Systems Design
- MECA 140 Introduction to Design and Automation
- MECA 440AW Capstone Design I (W)
- MECA 440B Capstone Design II
- MECH 340 Mechanical Engineering Design
At the freshman level, students learn about the design process and are introduced to designing automated systems in MECA 140 and logic networks are designed in EECE 144. At the sophomore level, software design experience teaches students to think logically in developing efficient, structured computer programs in CSCI 111. At the junior level, there is an opportunity to learn about safety, failure, reliability, codes and standards, and economic considerations, while carrying out detailed design of mechanical components in MECH 340, and electrical circuits and systems in EECE 237, EECE 315, and EECE 344. In the final senior project (MECA 440AW and MECA 440B), students are expected to exercise what they learned throughout the preceding design courses in a final project that includes assembly and testing, as well as the more global aspects of design including product realization, economic factors, environmental issues, and social impact. Together, these experiences prepare graduates to be successful practitioners with an awareness of the multitude of issues involved.