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Laboratory Development For Mechatronics Education

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.291.1 - 1.291.11

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T.R. Hsu

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P. Reischl

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P. Hsu

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J.C. Wang

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F. Barez

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B.J. Furman

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A. Tesfaye

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Session 1626

Laboratory Development for Mechatronics Education

B.J. Furman, T.R. Hsu, F. Barez, A. Tesfaye, J. Wang, P. Hsu and P. Reischl San Jose State University


This paper presents the strategy for developing the “Mechatronic Engineering Laboratory” at the authors’ university. The laboratory development was a principal part of an award for “Undergraduate Curriculum Development on Mechatronic Systems Engineering” by the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Major tasks involved in the award include the development and implementation of five new courses and a new laboratory. The purpose of the new laboratory is to support instruction of two of the five new courses: ME 105 Fundamentals of Mechatronic Systems Engineering and ME 190 Electromechanical Systems and Microprocessor Applications.


“Mechatronics” is a melding of two English words Mechanical and Electronics. The terminology was first used by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of the Japanese government in the early 1970’s. The original notion of mechatronics involved the development of automated production of consumer l products such as the Canon SLR auto focus camera . The application of this technology was soon extended to many other consumer electronic products.

The rapid advances of microprocessor and microcomputer technologies in the 1980’s have broadened the applications of mechatronics to many products and systems, ranging from common household electromechanical products to highly sophisticated space gadgetry and devices.

A broader definition of Mechatronics being adopted by the authors at San Jose State University (SJSU) is that Mechatronics is a technology that relates to the design and manufacture of intelligent systems or products involving mechanical and electronic functions. One may readily appreciate the wide spectrum of industries that use such technology. These industries include: aerospace, automotive, computers, electronics, machine tools, semiconductor manufacturing equipment and telecommunications.

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Hsu, T., & Reischl, P., & Hsu, P., & Wang, J., & Barez, F., & Furman, B., & Tesfaye, A. (1996, June), Laboratory Development For Mechatronics Education Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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