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Implementation of a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology Program

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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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Innovations in Curriculum and Course Development

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Mauricio Torres Northern Kentucky University

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Dr. Torres received a B.S. in Business Administration from City University of Sao Caetano do Sul, B.S. in Mechanical Industrial Engineering from Braz Cubas University, Brazil, M.S. in Engineering Management and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Florida International University. He has over 30 years of experience in heavy machinery manufacturing industry and currently he holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program at Northern Kentucky University. His research interests are manufacturing processes, enterprise engineering and engineering education.

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Morteza Sadat-Hossieny Northern Kentucky University

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MORTEZA SADAT-HOSSIENY is currently an associate professor and director of engineering technology programs at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Sadat received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Power Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University, Masters of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Murray State University and Ph.D. in Industrial Technology Education from Iowa State University. His areas of concentration are Computer Aided Design, Industrial Automation, and his research Interests are globalized engineering/technology education, engineering technology innovative curriculum development, outcome assessments, and refining program accreditation procedures.

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an account of a project to develop and implement a multidisciplinary B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering Technology curriculum based on the needs of industry in Northern Kentucky / Southern Ohio regional areas. The main source of information for the assessment of region’s industry needs for mechatronics professionals was a need assessment survey conducted by CSTCC and NKU, with the support of the Advantage Kentucky Alliance.

The new mechatronics programs will produce students who are prepared to be hired by industry as multi-disciplinary professionals. Colleges and universities currently offering electronics technology, electrical systems, mechanical & manufacturing engineering technology, electromechanical engineering technology, industrial engineering, robotics and computerized control systems are in an advantageous position to implement those programs. There is a critical shortage of students enrolled in Science and Engineering fields and recruitment and dissemination initiatives are been proposed, in order to increase high-school students’ awareness on STEM disciplines, to attract students from minority groups as well as to attract non-traditional students to new program.

This paper will discuss in details steps taken to initiate the Mechatronics degree at NKU. We will layout the courses in the curriculum and explain what courses will be selected among existing courses in the associate degree programs at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CSTCC) and courses in the Engineering Technology bachelor degree programs at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). The paper will provide details of the curriculum updates and explain how these courses will provide students with hands-on experience in mechatronics fields such as: industrial controls & manufacturing systems design, integration, and evaluation in view of environmental and safety concerns. Addition of new courses will be considered based on educational and/or industry needs. A pathway to B.S. degree completion for graduates from CSTCC is also envisioned, in the form a transfer agreement.

Torres, M., & Sadat-Hossieny, M. (2016, June), Implementation of a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25573

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