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First-Time Experience of Teaching a Project-Based Mechatronics Course

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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

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August 28, 2016





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Mechanical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Mechanical Engineering

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Kala Meah York College of Pennsylvania

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Kala Meah received the B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1998, the M.Sc. degree from South Dakota State University in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wyoming in 2007, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for several power companies in Bangladesh. Currently, Dr. Meah is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program, Department of Engineering and Computer Science, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA, USA. His research interest includes electrical power, HVDC transmission, renewable energy, energy conversion, and engineering education.

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The Department of Engineering and Computer Science at York College of Pennsylvania developed a new Mechatronics course for sophomore mechanical engineering students. The objective of this course is to introduce essential aspects of electronics so that mechanical engineering (ME) students can design and build basic electro-mechanical systems. This course adopted lecture-lab format to provide necessary circuit analysis background. Hands-on laboratory exercises designed to incorporate electrical circuit components, circuit analysis (AC and DC), sensors and actuators, and microcontrollers. Students also learned how to create simple electro-mechanical devices using basic components. During the latter half of the semester, students were tasked with group projects to design, build, and test electro-mechanical systems. These projects aimed to bring mechanical engineering, electronics, and computer control together. This paper describes the first-time experience of developing the course and managing student projects. This paper also presents students’ feedback regarding the course and highlights student projects with testing and fabrication results.

Meah, K. (2016, June), First-Time Experience of Teaching a Project-Based Mechatronics Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26906

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