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Mechatronics at Rensselaer: a two-course senior-elective sequence in mechanical engineering

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Craig, K. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng. Aeronaut. Eng. & Mech., Rensselaer Polytech. Inst., Troy, NY, USA

Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronics, control systems and computers. The key element in mechatronics is the integration of these areas through the design process. The essential characteristic of a mechatronics engineer and the key to success in mechatronics is a balance between two sets of skills: modeling/analysis skills and experimentation/hardware implementation skills. Synergism and integration in design set a mechatronic system apart from a traditional, multidisciplinary system. Mechanical engineers are expected to design with synergy and integration and professors must now teach design accordingly. The paper describes the undergraduate program in mechatronics at Rensselaer, i.e., two senior-elective courses, mechatronics (fall semester) and mechatronic system design (spring semester), and in particular, the integration of the theory covered in lectures with the laboratory exercises. The hardware systems and projects used in both courses are described

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Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, 1999. Proceedings. 1999 IEEE/ASME International Conference on

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