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Curriculum Development for Robotics Technology Program

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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ET Curriculum and Programs II

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Sanjeevi Chitikeshi Old Dominion University

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Dr. Sanjeevi Chitikeshi is an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering Technology program at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Prior to current position, he worked at Murray State University, Murray, KY and also as a control engineer in industry in California. He earned both his Masters and Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Sothern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, in 2004 and 2007 respectively. His research interests are in Mechatronics systems, Big Data Analysis, Smart instrumentation and Controls for Biomedical Applications and Structural Health monitoring. He worked on funded projects from NASA, Caterpillar and Federal High way. He published journals and conference papers in the areas of smart instrumentation and control and mechatronics systems.

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Shirshak K. Dhali P.E. Old Dominion University

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Betsey Odell Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing


Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Vukica Jovanovic is a Batten Fellow and an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology Program. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering Technology, focuses on Digital Manufacturing, Magistar (Ph.D. candidate) degree in Indsutrial Engineering and Management, focused on Production Systems Design, and degree in Industrial Engineering focused on Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation. She went through engineering pathways herself, completing master electrician degree when completing Technical School in Uzice, Serbia, focusing on pre-engineering program on high power voltage systems and maintenance of electro-mechanical systems. Her research is focuses on engineering pathways, career and technical education, digital thread, cyber physical systems, mechatronics, digital manufacturing, broadening participation, and engineering education. She is a Director of Mechatronics and Digital Manufacturing Lab at ODU and a lead of Area of Specialization Mechatronics Systems Design. She worked as a Visiting Researcher at Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Disputanta, VA on projects focusing on digital thread and cyber security of manufacturing systems. She has funded research in broadening participation efforts of underrepresented students in STEM funded by U.S. Department of Education, focusing on computer science and cybersecurity pathways, and from Office of Naval Research, focusing on mechatronic pathways. She is part of the ONR projects related to the additive manufacturing training of active military. She is also part of the research team that has multiple projects funded from NSF focusing on veteran pathways and their success in engineering. She leads the team that delivers the summer program to nine graders that focus on broadening participation of underrepresented students into STEM (ODU BLAST), funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. She organized IEEE SouthEast Con 2016 Student Hardware Competition, served as a scorer at IEEE SouthEast Con 2017 Student Hardware Competition. She was a volounteer for multiple years for autonomous robotic competition held annually in La Ferte Bernard, France. She advised multiple senior design projects who participated in various robotics competitions for IEEE and ASME. She also participated as a student in European robotic competition Eurobot representing University of Novi Sad, Serbia in 2001 and 2002. She was Head or organizing team of the Serbian National Robotic Competition in 2005 and 2006.

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Cheng Y. Lin P.E. Old Dominion University

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Dr. Lin is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. He received his PhD of Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Dr. Lin has expertise in automation control, machine design, CAD/CAM, CNC, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and robotics. He has been active in the technology application research and teaching training courses for the local industries and technology application center

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With a growing need for a more skilled workforce, providing industry-driven and employment-centric training services is an important national priority. Over 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled across the United Sates over the next decade, The skills gap is becoming greater based on the statistics provided by the Global Robotics Technology Market: Forecast, 2014-2020 published by Research and Markets, reporting that the worldwide robotics market is forecast to grow from the 2015 level of $26.98 to $82.78 in 2020. This 11 % compounded average growth in the next five years is unprecedented. Given the anticipated growth of the robotics industry, the number of jobs that will be required to meet the demand will grow exponentially as well. The future is bright for careers in STEM fields; today, the average annual salary for a STEM worker is $33,200 higher than the average of all U.S. workers, making the need for a novel robotics credential imperative. The proposed curriculum development in the area of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing was carried out broadly in two Tasks. Task I of the project focuses on investigating and compiling the curricula offered by different community colleges, work force education programs in universities and other industry certificate programs in the state of Virginia and then in other states. Task II of this project focuses on curriculum development at CCAM (Commonwealth Center for Manufacturing, VA) that improves/adds the topics, compliments and fills the gap from the data gathered in the first stage. Task II not only depends on Task I information but also data gathered from industry needs and new technologies that are required in the manufacturing robotics area. The future goals include implementing the developed curriculum at Communit College level and at 4 year degree colleges.

Chitikeshi, S., & Dhali, S. K., & Odell, B., & Jovanovic, V. M., & Lin, C. Y. (2020, June), Curriculum Development for Robotics Technology Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34365

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