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Development of a Senior Mechatronics Course for Mechanical Engineering Student

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Mechanical Engineering

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23.424.1 - 23.424.22



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John G. Cherng P.E. University of Michigan-Dearborn

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Received M.S and Ph. D. degrees from Mehanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxviell, Tennessee in 1975 and 1978 repectively. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in heat transfer, instrumentation, mechatronics, turbomachinery, vibrations and acoustics. Research interests inculde turbomachinery, vibration and acoustics, and nano materials.

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Ben Q. Li University of Michigan, Dearborn

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Narasimhamurthi Natarajan University of Michigan, Dearborn

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Development of a Senior Mechatronics Course for Mechanical Engineering Student John G. Cherng and Ben Q. Li Mechanical Engineering Department and Nattu Natarajan Electrical and Computer Engineering Department University of Michigan Dearborn Dearborn, MI 48128Abstract A senior level elective course titled; “ME472 Principles and Applications of MechatronicsSystem Design” has been offered in Fall, 2012 by Mechanical Engineering Department, theUniversity of Michigan-Dearborn. The student who signs up for this course has to take aperquisites control course, i.e. ME442 Control Systems and Design or ECE 460 AutomaticControl Systems. Instead of covering the control theories, this course will focus on themicroprocessor applications, actuators and digital sensors. The Lab projects consists of threestages; stage 1 microprocessor applications, stage 2 material handling experiments using FestoMecLab training equipments, and stage 3 thermal fluid virtual system simulations using LMSAMSim Imagine Labs. This paper presents the curriculum changes, lecture and Lab projects developments andcollaborative efforts between Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineeringdepartments. The student feedbacks and experience learned from conducting this course willbe included.

Cherng, J. G., & Li, B. Q., & Natarajan, N. (2013, June), Development of a Senior Mechatronics Course for Mechanical Engineering Student Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19438

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