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New Mechatronics Curriculum on Multi-Axis Industrial Motion Control

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.933.1 - 24.933.15



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Hakan Gurocak Washington State University, Vancouver

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Prof. Gurocak is the founding director of School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver. His research interests include haptics, robotics and automation.

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Ashley Ater Kranov Washington State University

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As Vice President of GPS Assessment, LLC, Dr. Ater Kranov leads an international team of professionals from academia and industry to build capacity of individuals and organizations in the following areas: Educational Research, Quality Assurance, Optimizing Student Learning, and Leadership Skills.

Dr. Ater Kranov is also adjunct associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University.

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New Mechatronics Curriculum on Multi-axis Industrial Motion ControlOver the past couple decades, mechanical engineering programs have made significantadvances in developing educational materials and laboratory exercises in controls andmechatronics. However, there is an important gap remaining between the academicprograms and the needs of the graduates and industry.The academic programs are heavily oriented towards control theory, board-levelelectronics, interfacing and microprocessors supplemented with laboratory equipment,such as the inverted pendulum, and projects, such as Lego robots. But industrialapplications require mechanical engineers to design machines with multiple axes thatexecute complex, high speed, high precision coordinated motion using sophisticatedmotion controllers. To design such systems, students need to learn industrial motioncontrol technology; be able to bring together control theory, kinematics, dynamics,electronics, simulation, programming and machine design; apply interdisciplinaryknowledge; and deal with practical application issues. Due to the currentcompartmentalized approach used in teaching these subjects and the emphasis onmathematical algorithms and board-level applications, most new mechanical engineeringgraduates are unable to meet the industry expectations.In this paper, we present an overview of a new course and its laboratory developed inpartnership with industry. The course aims to teach “the fundamentals” while focusingon industrial motion control technology and multi-axis machines. Assessment resultsfrom the first offering of the course are also presented and discussed. This project wasfunded by a grant from the NSF-TUES program.

Gurocak, H., & Ater Kranov, A. (2014, June), New Mechatronics Curriculum on Multi-Axis Industrial Motion Control Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22866

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