Asee peer logo

A Multidisciplinary Mid-Level Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Course

Download Paper |

Conference

2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

Location

Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Endeavors: Mechatronics, Robotics, and Technology

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

12

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36596

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/36596

Download Count

31

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Christopher Lee Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0547-9853

visit author page

Chris Lee is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Olin College of Engineering.

visit author page

biography

Siddhartan Govindasamy Boston College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0150-9357

visit author page

Siddhartan Govindasamy is Professor of Engineering at Boston College

visit author page

author page

Diana S. Dabby Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

author page

Paul Ruvolo Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Download Paper |

Abstract

Linear system theory and feedback control are commonly included in the curricula of both Mechanical and Electrical and Computer Engineering programs. Both majors typically offer these subjects in similar, yet separate courses. In contrast, we have created an integrated, multidisciplinary course that effectively covers these topics for students in both majors. The learning objectives, structure, and example content, including a culminating, contextual project, are presented here. This class successfully integrates two subject-matter, specific-content courses, Signals and Systems (ECE) and Dynamics (ME), into a single course that focuses on the development and application of general mathematical modeling and analysis tools to support the engineering design process. It is taught in a studio-setting and serves as a prerequisite for advanced courses in either major. The material is motivated by the classic problem of controlling an inverted pendulum on a translating cart. We have developed an easy-to-implement but robust, affordable system based on a commercial Arduino-like platform which allows students to experiment and quickly iterate on proposed control algorithms. Our implementation of the project requires students to perform cycles of symbolic and numerical mathematical analysis followed by experimentation and iteration. Student evaluation data provides evidence of the efficacy and advantages of concept integration which helps build a shared language applicable to future academic projects and professional practice.

Lee, C., & Govindasamy, S., & Dabby, D. S., & Ruvolo, P. (2021, July), A Multidisciplinary Mid-Level Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36596

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015