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Preparing Students for the Advanced Manufacturing Environment Through Robotics, Mechatronics, and Automation Training

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Practical Teaching in Manufacturing – 2

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26.1250.1 - 26.1250.13



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Ana M. Djuric Wayne State University

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Dr. Ana Djuric received Dipl.-Ing. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, focusing in Control Systems, the M.A.Sc. degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Windsor, Canada in the area of Industrial Robotics, and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Windsor, Canada in the area of Reconfigurable Robotics. Prior to her arrival at WSU, Dr. Djuric worked in the industry for 5 years. She worked as a machine and tool designer first and then as a Robotics software Analyst. Dr. Djuric worked as an Instructor for 4 years at the Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, and Industrial and Manufacturing and Systems Engineering departments at the University of Windsor. Since Fall 2011 she is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology in the College of Engineering at Wayne State University. Dr. Djuric is working on undergraduate and graduate research and she is a member of Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Dr. Djuric research areas are Industrial robots, kinematics, dynamics, control, and advanced manufacturing systems. She published over 30 journal and conference papers.

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Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jovanovic received her and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received a PhD in Technology at Purdue University, while working as a PhD student in Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence. Dr. Jovanovic is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at ODU. She is teaching classes in the area of mechatronics and computer aided engineering. Her research Interests are: mechatronics, robotics, digital manufacturing, product lifecycle management, manufacturing systems, ergonomics, human factors, assembly, disassembly, reverse engineering, RFID, and engineering education.

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Tatiana V. Goris Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Tatiana Goris ( is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Purdue University (College of Technology at Columbus, IN). She teaches various undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology. In 2012 Dr. Goris received her PhD in Technology from Purdue University, IN. She also held MS degree (1999) in Electronics Engineering from Taganrog Institute of Technology, Russia.

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Preparing Students for the Advanced Manufacturing Environment through Robotics Training Automation is one of the key areas for modern manufacturing systems. It requirescoordination of different machines to support manufacturing operations in a company. Recentstudies show that there is a gap in the STEM workforce preparation in regards to highly automatedproduction environment. Industrial robots have become an essential part of these semi-automatedand automated manufacturing systems. Their control and programming requires adequate educationand training in robotics theories and applications. Various engineering technology departments offerdifferent courses related to the application of robotics. These courses are a great way to inspirestudents to learn about science, math, engineering and technology while providing them withworkforce skills. However, some challenges are present in the delivery of such courses. Some ofthese challenges include the enrollment of students who come from different engineeringdepartments and backgrounds. Such a multidisciplinary group of students can pose a challenge forthe instructor to successfully develop the courses and match the content to different learning stylesand math levels. To overcome that challenge, and to spark students’ interest, the certified educationrobot training can greatly support the teaching of basic and advanced topics in robotics, kinematics,dynamics, control, modelling, design, CAD/CAM, vision, manufacturing systems, simulation,automation, and mechatronics. This paper will explain how effective this course can be in unifyingdifferent engineering disciplines when using problem solving related to various importantmanufacturing automaton problems. As a final project, students are expected to model and simulatea work cell for the selected application and to perform the same with the physical robots in the lab.They compare both outcomes for verification of the calculated results. At the end of the project,students are required to submit a comprehensive engineering report to document how their programmeets all requirements.

Djuric, A. M., & Jovanovic, V. M., & Goris, T. V. (2015, June), Preparing Students for the Advanced Manufacturing Environment Through Robotics, Mechatronics, and Automation Training Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24587

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