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Modular Curriculum Development for Mechatronics Technicians

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Unique Developments in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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22.1077.1 - 22.1077.10



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Branislav Rosul College of Dupage

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Dr. Rosul completed his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in February of 1984 majoring in Control Systems. Soon after he started to work as an Instrumentation Engineer in Teleoptic, Belgrade where he stayed for three years working on the Instrumentation Design and as a Project Engineer. During that time he worked on instrumentation and technology development of various industrial processes, from food to petrochemical and still industry. Academically, he continued on toward the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at University of Belgrade. After completing his course work at the Belgrade University he transferred to United States in 1987 where he continued his work in the Controls and Robotics area at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He obtained Masters and then Doctorate in the area of Robot Control and Modeling of Multibody Systems in 1997. In 1992 he started his career at College of DuPage. First, as an instructor in Electro-Mechanical Technology and then, as a coordinator in Electronics Technology. In addition to practical engineering experience Dr. Rosul has significant teaching and research background. As a PI and co-PI Dr. Rosul has extensively worked with NSF on several projects. Dr. Rosul also served as an ABET evaluator for IEEE society.

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Niaz Latif Purdue University, Calumet

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Dr. Niaz Latif is the Dean of the School of Technology at Purdue University Calumet (PUC). He is also the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies at PUC. Dr. Latif served as an Assistant Dean for Statewide Technology Administration in the College of Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, before joining Purdue University Calumet on July 1, 2007. He is the Principal Investigator of the 2010 NSF-ATE grant, “Meeting workforce needs of Mechatronics Technicians.”

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Mohammad A. Zahraee Purdue University, Calumet

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Mohammad A. Zahraee is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet. He is currently a Co-Pi on two NSF grants related to Mechatronics Engineering Technology Education, as well as consultant on another two NSF grants as an evaluation specialist.
Dr. Zahraee was the chair of TAC of ABET in 2008 - 2009 and has been an ABET evaluator and team chair since 1992. He is the recipient of ASME's "Ben C. Sparks Medal" for dedication and contributions to the mechanical engineering education, ASEE's "Merl K. Miller Award" for the Outstanding "Computers in Education Journal" paper, and SME's Outstanding Faculty Advisor award. He has also been recognized for promoting the needs of persons with disabilities by Mayor of Hammond, IN, for his supervision of students' designs addressing such needs.

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Aco Sikoski Ivy Tech Community College

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Mr. Sikoski completed his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in June of 1990 majoring in Industrial Control. After completing his course work at the University of “Kiril I Metodi” Skopje, Macedonia he transferred to United States in 1991 where he continued his engineering education at Purdue University. He obtained Masters of Science degree in engineering in 2003. In the meantime he worked as a project engineer for an engineering consulting company and as an adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Community College. Intermittently, Mr. Sikoski has performed consulting for various institutions and organizations. In 1997 he started his career at Ivy Tech Community College where he stayed until present. First, he has started as an instructor in Design Technology and then as a dean of School of Technology. Mr. Sikoski also served as an ATMAE evaluator.

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Modular Curriculum Development for Mechatronics TechniciansPaper describes a modular curriculum development project created by a four year university inthe Mechatronics Engineering Technology field. In partnership with two area colleges, universityis designing thirty modules in the Mechatronics area. In response to industry demand formultifunctional engineering technicians, university has developed innovative MechatronicsEngineering Technology baccalaureate program that combines mechanical, electrical, electronic,and computer engineering technology skills. Paper gives details about three year curriculumdevelopment and project implementation. Goal of the project is to develop and integratecurriculum and instructional materials based on an interdisciplinary, project-centered,collaborative learning approach to instruction and restructure engineering technology program.Module development is based on the revision of existing courses to serve the changing needs ofeducational and industrial partners as well as other constituents. Paper describes the mapping ofthe modules to existing courses in the Associate degree plan of studies in partnership institutions,which allow students who complete the modules to receive course credits towards associate leveldegrees in the participating institutions at the same time. Modular offering will allowcertification at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in Mechatronics that meets industryworkforce needs, while it facilitates receiving an associate degree. This approach enablesseamless transfer for students between colleges and university partners. Complementary aspectof this modular development is also the incorporation of innovative interactive and onlinedelivery of lecture and laboratory materials to accommodate a flexible schedule, integration ofexperiential learning, and collaboration with industry. Results in regards to these goals as well asthe assessment and continuous improvement efforts of the project and its progress, will also beaddressed in this work.

Rosul, B., & Latif, N., & Zahraee, M. A., & Sikoski, A. (2011, June), Modular Curriculum Development for Mechatronics Technicians Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18639

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