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Modernizing Mechatronics course with Quantum Engineering

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2021 ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference - "Pushing Past Pandemic Pedagogy: Learning from Disruption"

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Virtual

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April 23, 2021

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April 23, 2021

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April 25, 2021

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Farbod Khoshnoud California State Polytechnic University

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Farbod Khoshnoud, PhD, CEng, PGCE, HEA Fellow, is a faculty member in the college of engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a visiting associate in the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, and Aerospace Engineering at California Institute of Technology. His current research areas include Self-powered and Bio-inspired Dynamic Systems; Quantum Multibody Dynamics, Robotics, Controls and Autonomy, by experimental Quantum Entanglement, and Quantum Cryptography; and theoretical Quantum Control techniques. He was a research affiliate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech in 2019; an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State University; a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC); a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University London; a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire; a visiting scientist and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC; a visiting researcher at California Institute of Technology; a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC. He received his Ph.D. from Brunel University in 2005. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Mechatronic Systems and Control.

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Clarice D. Aiello University of California, Los Angeles

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Bruno Marco Quadrelli Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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Dr. Marco B. Quadrelli is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff and the group supervisor of the Robotics Modeling and Simulation Group at JPL, where he has worked since 1997 on multiple flight projects and research programs. His research interests include computational multibody dynamics, tethered space systems and large space structures, planetary entry, descent and landing, distributed spacecraft and robotic system, granular media, and biomedical systems. He has a Laurea degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Padova (Italy), a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, a NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts Fellow.

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Maziar Ghazinejad University of California, San Diego

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Maziar Ghazinejad is an assistant teaching professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Riverside in 2012 and holds M.S. degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. Prior to his appointment at UCSD, he served as an assistant professor and graduate coordinator at California State University Fresno, where he received the provost faculty award in 2018. His teaching repertoire includes engineering mechanics, materials science, advanced manufacturing, and engineering design. He has also developed new classes on microanalysis, design, and nanoengineering.
Ghazinejad's research on manufacturing and application of nanomaterials has produced several key journal publications, including featured cover articles, and received an Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) award from the American Public Power Association. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), where he serves as a conference chair and editor.

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Clarence W de Silva The University of British Columbia

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Clarence W. de Silva received the Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978), and from University of Cambridge, U.K. (1998), and a Higher Doctorate (Sc.D.) from University of Cambridge (2020). He has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, since 1988. He is a fellow of: IEEE, ASME, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Royal Society of Canada. His appointments include the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mechatronics and Industrial Automation, Professorial Fellow, Peter Wall Scholar, Mobil Endowed Chair Professor, and NSERCBC Packers Chair in Industrial Automation. His recent books, published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, include Modeling of Dynamic Systems–With Engineering Applications (2018), Sensor Systems (2017), Sensors and Actuators–Engineering System Instrumentation, 2nd Edition (2016), Mechanics of Materials (2014), Mechatronics–A Foundation Course (2010), Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems (2009), and VIBRATION–Fundamentals and Practice, 2nd Edition (2007); and by Addison Wesley, Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems Design– Theory, Tools, and Applications (with F. Karray, 2004).

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Farbod Khoshnoud

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Farbod Khoshnoud, PhD, CEng, PGCE, HEA Fellow, is a faculty member in the college of engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a visiting associate in the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, and Aerospace Engineering at California Institute of Technology. His current research areas include Self-powered and Bio-inspired Dynamic Systems; Quantum Multibody Dynamics, Robotics, Controls and Autonomy, by experimental Quantum Entanglement, and Quantum Cryptography; and theoretical Quantum Control techniques. He was a research affiliate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech in 2019; an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State University; a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC); a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University London; a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire; a visiting scientist and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC; a visiting researcher at California Institute of Technology; a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC. He received his Ph.D. from Brunel University in 2005. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Mechatronic Systems and Control.

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Behnam Bahr California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Behnam Bahr received Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in. His teaching and research are in the area of Biologically Inspired Robotics, Automation, and Autonomous Systems, Computer Aided Engineering, and Controls. He has authored and coauthored more than seventy journals and conference papers, and has been the advisor for nine Ph.D., and more than fifty master’s degree students. He is currently the PI of the $2.6 million grant, Mentoring, Educating, Networking, and Thematic Opportunities for Research in Engineering and Science from the Department of Education. He served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies from 2012-2016 in the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnique University-Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). In that capacity he developed seminar series for faculty in the areas of Teaching, Research and Safety, and was instrumental in developing three new Master’s emphasis in “System Engineering”, “Environmental and Water Resource Engineering,” and “Materials Engineering.” He was also the Co-PI of the Cal Poly Pomona on the Department of Education for the “First In The World” Program with the objective to flip the courses in the undergraduate STEM. Prior to joining the Cal Poly Pomona.

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Lucas Lamata Universidad de Sevilla

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Prof. Lucas Lamata is an Associate Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) of Theoretical Physics at the Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear, Facultad de Física, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. His research up to now has been focused on quantum optics and quantum information, including pioneering proposals for quantum simulations of relativistic quantum mechanics, fermionic systems, and spin models, with trapped ions and superconducting circuits. He also analyzes the possibility of combining artificial intelligence and machine learning protocols with quantum devices.

Before working in Sevilla, he was a Staff Researcher (Investigador Doctor Permanente) at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain (UPV/EHU), leading the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Team, a research group inside the QUTIS group of Prof. Enrique Solano at UPV/EHU. Before that, he was a Humboldt Fellow and a Max Planck postdoctoral fellow for 3 and a half years at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, working in Prof. Ignacio Cirac Group. Previously, he carried out his PhD at CSIC, Madrid, and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), with an FPU predoctoral fellowship, supervised by Prof. Juan León.

He has more than 100 articles, among published and submitted, in international refereed journals, including: 1 Nature, 1 Reviews of Modern Physics, 1 Advances in Physics: X, 3 Nature Communications, 2 Physical Review X, and 19 Physical Review Letters, two of them Editor's Suggestion.

His h-index according to Google Scholar is of 36, with more than 4700 citations.

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Abstract

Mechatronics is the synergistic application of mechanics, electronics, control engineering, and computer science in the development of electromechanical products and systems, through integrated design. This paper proposes to extend the mechatronics course beyond traditional engineering topics, and to modernize the mechatronics teaching material with complementary quantum engineering topics. With the recent and rapid advances in quantum technologies such as quantum communications, sensing, computers, and algorithms, it is imperative to train the next generation of engineers and prepare them for their future careers in the ever-changing industry in such areas. To address the educational needs of the future engineers in such important areas, quantum entanglement and quantum cryptography experiments, as two key topics in quantum mechanics, are brought into the mechatronics course in this initiative. The integrated quantum and mechatronics topics also provides opportunities for open discussions on exploring the interface of quantum technologies and classical engineering systems, which can potentially push the engineering boundaries beyond classical possibilities by accessing the quantum advantages. An innovative online remote demonstration of such quantum experiments are developed and presented to the students. This course has been offered to undergraduate students once with successful results. The students were able to remotely access the experiments, perform the experiments and collect data. The successful result of such quantum experiments is also reflected in a course survey, presented in this paper, even though the quantum mechanics topics offered in this course are unfamiliar to engineering students and hence more challenging. The paper reports, and aims to promote, the integration of selected quantum technology topics with the mechatronics course for training engineering students in this rapidly growing area.

Khoshnoud, F., & Aiello, C. D., & Quadrelli, B. M., & Ghazinejad, M., & de Silva, C. W., & Khoshnoud, F., & Bahr, B., & Lamata, L. (2021, April), Modernizing Mechatronics course with Quantum Engineering Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference - "Pushing Past Pandemic Pedagogy: Learning from Disruption", Virtual. https://peer.asee.org/38241

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