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Teaching Undergraduate Introductory Course to Mechatronics in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Using Arduino

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Robotics, Mechatronics, and Control Systems - Multidisciplinary Perspectives

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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23.1154.1 - 23.1154.14



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Jose Antonio Riofrio Western New England University

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José A Riofrío received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from Elizabethtown College in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2005 and 2008, respectively. At Vanderbilt, José focused his research in controls, mechatronics and mechanical design. After obtaining his Ph.D., José worked in the Fluid Power industry designing servo-pneumatic control systems for various motion-control applications, such as packaging, automation, and animatronics. In the fall of 2011, José became an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Western New England University, where he now teaches various courses in solid mechanics and mechatronics.

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Steven G Northrup Western New England University

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Professor Steve Northrup earned a BSEE from the University of Michigan and an MSEE and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He worked in the defense industry in White Sands, NM and in the automotive electronics industry for several years designing hardware and software for vehicle control systems. He teaches circuits and embedded controls classes at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. His research interests are in the mechatronics & robotics and in low cost medical applications for developing countries.

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Teaching Mechatronics at the Undergraduate LevelAbstractMechatronics is an increasingly popular, multidisciplinary field of engineering which combinesmechanics, electronics, computer science and control systems. This synergistic approach tosolving engineering problems is extremely valuable in the current technological stage of theindustry, and therefore graduates and professionals with mechatronics-based skillsets arehighly sought-after by engineering employers.

Riofrio, J. A., & Northrup, S. G. (2013, June), Teaching Undergraduate Introductory Course to Mechatronics in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Using Arduino Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22539

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