Asee peer logo

Research Projects and Lessons Learned from Research Experiences for Undergraduates' Program in Automated System Design

Download Paper |


2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





Conference Session

Innovative Project-Based Learning Practices in Manufacturing

Tagged Division


Tagged Topic


Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

visit author page

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.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Automated systems affect the way we do things and impact our daily lives. Designing and building automated systems is complex and requires an integrated skill set. The knowledge needed cuts across multiple disciplines of mechanical engineering, control/electrical engineering, and manufacturing engineering. U.S. manufacturers are still looking to hire highly skilled workers in industrial automation and control and there is a need to invest in research to maintain America’s leadership in these areas. This paper describes research projects and lessons learned from a summer program designed to provide a research environment for undergraduate students to learn about mechatronics, robotics, and automated system design, including how the program helps participants to understand the research process, acquire laboratory skills, and expand their perspectives on engineering research. Survey data suggests that overall, participants had a positive experience. Participants also made suggestions for enhancing the program experience in the future.

Hsieh, S. (2016, June), Research Projects and Lessons Learned from Research Experiences for Undergraduates' Program in Automated System Design Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26087

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015