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Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automated System Design

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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

End Date

June 17, 2015





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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.1332.1 - 26.1332.11



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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is a Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automated System DesignNational data show there is a shortage of U.S. students who attend graduate school and pursuecareers in research. In addition, there is a shortage of highly educated skilled workers in themanufacturing sector. The paper will describe program activities, student research projects,outcomes, and lessons learned from a summer research program for undergraduate engineeringstudents. Students were recruited from colleges throughout the U.S. from disciplines such asmechanical, manufacturing, and electrical engineering and computer science. Special effort wasmade to recruit students who had limited opportunities to participate in research on their homecampuses or belonged to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in engineering andscience. Program objectives were to help participants to understand the research process, toacquire laboratory skills, and to be well-positioned for graduate school and career success.Participants spent 10 weeks working on a research project with a mentor and a graduate student.Survey data suggests that students learned from the research experience and will build on theexperience in pursuing future research careers.

Hsieh, S. (2015, June), Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automated System Design Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24669

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