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Development of a Mechatronics System Design Course

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference



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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

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April 17, 2021

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Labs and Experiential Learning

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Benjamin D McPheron Anderson University

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Benjamin D. McPheron is Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences ans Engineering and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Anderson University. Dr. McPheron received his B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering at Ohio Northern University in 2010, and his Ph.D, in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Dr. McPheron teaches Freshman Engineering and various courses in Electrical Engineering including Circuit Theory, Electronics, Controls, and Mechatronics. His research interests include Engineering Education, Control Systems, Mechatronics, and Signal Processing. Dr. McPheron is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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Kenneth M Parson Thor Motor Coach

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Kenneth M. Parson is a 2020 graduate of Anderson University in Electrical Engineering and currently holds a position of Electrical Engineer at Thor Motor Coach.

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Matthew Stein Roger Williams University

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Dr. Stein received a BS from Rutgers College of Engineering (1985); MS from the University of California, Berkley (1987); and, Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1994). Assistant Professor at Wilkes University from 1994-1999, moved to Roger Williams University in 1999, promoted to associate 2003 and full professor in 2009. Dr. Stein teaches courses in Dynamics, Mechatronics, Vibrations, Finite Element Analysis, Dynamic Modeling and Control and Computer Vision.

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Mechatronics Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that draws from computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and applies these topics to a variety of applications of electromechanical systems including robotics, control, and automation. Engineers in this field are vitally important in continued development of autonomous vehicles, industrial robotics, and space exploration vehicles. Anderson University has recently been awarded ABET accreditation in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Based on the disciplines represented at Anderson University, mechatronics is a logical choice for further development of upper level elective courses. Students with experience in mechatronics are increasingly valuable in the automation and manufacturing workforce. Many students who attend Anderson University in STEM related fields had their interest in STEM developed by robotics programs in their youth. Furthermore, recent participation in the Autonomous Division of the evGrandPrix competition has developed a deep interest in Mechatronics System Design by existing students. This paper details the development of a Mechatronics System Design course, intended to enhance the existing curricular offerings in each of the accredited engineering disciplines. Although other universities are introducing mechatronics courses, the design of such courses varies wildly, are not described in publicly available documents or if written about in publications, lack enough detail to replicate fully. This work will present, in brief, the details of each project, and the projects created as a result of this work will be made publicly available for use by other institutions. In addition, the assessment strategy for evaluating the efficacy of this course is presented, prior to the pilot offering of the course.

McPheron, B. D., & Parson, K. M., & Stein, M. (2021, April), Development of a Mechatronics System Design Course Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38263

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