Mechatronics is the synergetic combination of mechanical engineering ("mecha" for mechanics), electronic engineering ("tronics" for electronics), computer engineering, and control engineering. This interdisciplinary engineering field is the study of intelligent programmable systems from an engineering perspective and looks into the design, development and control of advanced hybrid-systems.
The basic idea is to combine mechanics, electronics and computing for design and development of systems, rather than the traditional approach to design individual modules and then assembling them together. Mechatronics system components include sensors, actuators, processors, and software. Examples include but not limited to:
- Robotic systems
- Vehicles such as helicopter and planes
- Automotive subsystems such as anti-lock brakes
- Home Appliances
- Disk drives
- Automatic packaging and sorting systems
The purpose of the mechatronics minor is to provide interested undergraduate students an opportunity to prepare for this exciting field by taking relevant courses, along with electives which will expose them to the systems aspects of mechatronics devices. The Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments have teamed together to offer this minor and each has a point of contact for students. Please contact your academic advisor if you wish to pursue this minor.
Mechatronics Minor Courses - Class of 2015 and Beyond
Required Courses Eight (8) - (21-22 credits)
OR ECE 4290 - Engr System Models & Control
OR ECE 1620 - Egr Prog and Applic