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Development of a Design Theory and Methodology Model for Mechatronics

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Design Potpourri

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.450.1 - 25.450.19



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Noe Vargas Hernandez University of Texas, El Paso

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Noe Vargas Hernandez researches creativity and innovation in engineering design. He studies ideation methods, journaling, smartpens, and other methods and technology to aid designers improve their creativity levels. He also applies his research to the design of rehabilitation devices (in which he has various patents under process) and design for sustainability.

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Jose Gabriel Davila University of Texas, El Paso


Jorge Garza-Ulloa University of Texas, El Paso

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Jorge Garza-Ulloa is a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering at University of Texas, El Paso, El Paso, Texas. He has master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass., and Temple University (applied mathematics), and a B.S. in electronics engineering and communications from the Institute Technological of Monterrey at Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He has work experience in the Electrical Engineering Department as a Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas; Computec and Computech of El Paso; Chairman of company/Consultant for external companies to develop new custom applications to improve productions: Delphi, RCA, Johnson & Johnson, etc.; design of test equipment for manufacturing process; CAD/CAM mechanical Design, workflow, digital prototyping; developer of ECE special equipment for productivity improvement; and teaching special training for manufacturing companies in the USA and Mexico. He has specialized training in databases connected to new ECE applications for manufacturing; developer of ECE special equipment for productivity improvement; CAD/CAM mechanical design, workflow, and digital prototyping; simulation of manufacturing process; project management; and professor and research at Insituto Tecnologico de Juarez, Chih. and Graduate Center. Awards include: Schellenger Research Scholarship awarded by the Electrical Engineering Department, the University of Texas, El Paso, Fall 2011; TA Scholarship Awarded by the Electrical Engineering Department, the University of Texas, El Paso; CONACYT Grants Adviser for Universities and Technological at Mexico Honor; Autodesk User group at Juarez, Chih. Mexico, Honor; ITCJ Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Juarez. Chih. Mexico, Best Professor Award ITCJ Graduate Center.; and best research award on Technology & Automated Computer.

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Pablo Rangel University of Texas, El Paso

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Julio Adrian Torres

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Development of a Design Theory & Methodology Model for MechatronicsWhen surveying Mechatronics textbooks, it is surprising to find that the contents on design ofmechatronic devices are limited. Some textbooks make the generic recommendation of designing“concurrently”; others assert that an open communication channel must be always maintained.Other textbooks go as far as presenting a design process model that conceptually shows theinteraction between disciplines at a high level of abstraction. Nevertheless, mechatronic devicesare being designed every day; this is important to acknowledge since we could borrow frompractical experiences to create a descriptive model while complementing it with designengineering theories and methodologies for a prescriptive model, obtaining at the end a hybriddesign theory and methodology model for mechatronics. This paper presents the process ofdeveloping a DTM model for mechatronics, general enough to be applied to various projects in asenior design course, for example, but specific enough that provides each mechatronics projectwith strategy (design process) and tools (design theories and methodologies) to complete thetask. The proposed model is derived from mechatronics examples, engineering design theory,and our own experience designing a biomechatronic prototype to measure the dynamics (balanceand posture) of the human body for locomotion rehabilitation purposes. One of the key featuresof the model is its emphasis on training and communication among disciplines and subsystems.Another key feature is the “pulsating” representation where at each “pulse” the differentdisciplines or subsystems “open” to work independently and then “close” to integrate theirfindings. The model will be made available for use in senior design courses as well as forprototyping in the author’s research area of biomechatronics.

Vargas Hernandez, N., & Davila, J. G., & Garza-Ulloa, J., & Rangel, P., & Torres, J. A. (2012, June), Development of a Design Theory and Methodology Model for Mechatronics Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21208

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