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Competencies Related to Marine Mechatronics Education

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Ocean and Marine Division Technical Session 1

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Ocean and Marine

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Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jovanovic received her and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering - Robotics, Mechatronics and Automation from University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, while working as a PhD student in Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence. Dr. Jovanovic is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at ODU. She is teaching classes in the area of mechatronics and computer aided engineering. Her research Interests are: mechatronics, marine mechatronics systems education, product lifecycle management, manufacturing systems, engineering education.

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Petros J Katsioloudis Old Dominion University

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Petros J. Katsioloudis is an Associate Professor, Department Co-Chair and the Industrial Technology Program Leader, Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. His research focuses on improving teacher and student performance in STEM education, and enhancing the development of a national STEM-educated workforce.

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Mileta Tomovic Old Dominion University

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Dr. Tomovic received BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Belgrade, MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan. Dr. Tomovic is Professor and Director of Advanced Manufacturing Institute, F. Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA . Prior to joining ODU Dr. Tomovic had seventeen years of teaching and research experience at Purdue University, with emphasis on development and delivery of manufacturing curriculum, conducting applied research, and engagement with Indiana industry. While at Purdue University, Dr. Tomovic served as W. C. Furnas Professor of Enterprise Excellence, University Faculty Scholar, Director of Digital Enterprise Center, and Special Assistant to Dean for Advanced Manufacturing. He has co-authored one textbook on materials and manufacturing processes that has been adopted by over 50 national and international institutions of higher education. In addition, he has authored or co-authored over 60 papers in journals and conference proceedings, focused on applied research related to design and manufacturability issues, as well as issues related to mechanical engineering technology education. Dr. Tomovic made over 20 invited presentations nationally and internationally on the issues of design optimization and manufacturability. He has co-authored four patents, and over 100 technical reports on practical industrial problems related to product design and manufacturing process improvements. Dr. Tomovic is also serving as Honorary Visiting Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China.

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Thomas B. Stout Tidewater Community College

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Thomas Stout is the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia. Previously he was the Program Head and Associate Professor of Electromechanical Controls Technology at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has worked in industrial maintenance, mechatronics and safety. He earned his BS degree from Old Dominion University in 2004 and his MS in Electronics Engineering from Norfolk State University in 2007. He served 20 years in the United States Navy working on aircraft and surface ships.

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Recent changes in the needs of the military have caused the U.S. Navy to spend more time out to sea. Longer deployments limit the time available for performing maintenance and for training their technicians. The Navy is also steadily reducing the number of sailors manning each vessel, therefore requiring more automated systems to keep the ships at sea and in total readiness. To meet this need, industrial automation systems are being investigated as replacements and upgrades for the military systems that have been used for years in warship designs. This will require ship repair partners, both military and civilian, to work with unfamiliar equipment (in the current trades mix) that was not designed for installation in such a harsh environment. Although the industrial automation industry has been using these systems for years, there is a shortage of technicians in the maritime industry that understand mechatronics systems. Hence, there is a need to better prepare technicians to install and repair these systems since it is a complete change to the previous design of warship systems. This paper will present an overview of competencies related to one such career, and overview the relation between mechatronics engineering and marine engineering. It will also present the current state of the different educational levels, starting from high school and continuing onto technician and undergraduate education and programs.

Jovanovic, V. M., & Katsioloudis, P. J., & Tomovic, M., & Stout, T. B. (2016, June), Competencies Related to Marine Mechatronics Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26544

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