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Robotics as an Undergraduate Major: A 5 year RetrospectiveAbstract:In 2007 XYZ University launched a degree program in Robotics to educate young men andwomen in robotics. While many universities include robotics as an element within a disciplinesuch as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, XYZ Universitytook a decidedly different approach. We introduced Robotics as a new multi-disciplinaryengineering discipline to meet the needs of 21st century engineering. The curriculum, designedtop-down, incorporates a number of best practices, including spiral curriculum, a unified set ofcore courses, multiple pathways, inclusion of social issues and entrepreneurship, an emphasis onprojects-based learning, and capstone design projects. This paper provides a 5-year overview ofand retrospective on the program. The curriculum has evolved rapidly from the original to itscurrent state, including changes in requirements, courses, hardware, software, labs, and projects.The guiding philosophy remains unchanged, however, providing continuity of purpose to theprogram. The program has been highly successful in meeting its desired outcomes, including:quantity and quality of enrolled students, ABET EAC accreditation, graduate placement in jobsand graduate school, and course and project evaluations. The paper concludes with a summaryof lessons learned and projections for the future.
Gennert, M. A., & Padir, T. (2013, June), Robotics as an Undergraduate Major: A Retrospective Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22434
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