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

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovative Project-Based Learning Practices in Manufacturing

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/p.26087

Permanent URL

https://jee.org/26087

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157

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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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Abstract

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

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