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Workforce Development in Mechatronics- A Three Year NSF-ATE Project

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.1401.1 - 24.1401.11



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Niaz Latif Purdue University Calumet (College of Technology)

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Dr. Niaz Latif is the Dean of the College of Technology at Purdue University Calumet (PUC). Dr. Latif served as an Assistant Dean for Statewide Technology Administration in the College of Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, before joining Purdue University Calumet on July 1, 2007. He is the Principal Investigator of the 2010 NSF-ATE grant, “Meeting workforce needs of Mechatronics Technicians.” Also, he is a Co-PI of another NSF-ATE grant, “Leadership Capacity Building for Manufacturing and Manufacturing Related Programs.”

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Mohammad A. Zahraee Purdue University Calumet (College of Technology)

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Mohammad A. Zahraee, PhD, PE
Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
College of Technology
Purdue University Calumet

Mohammad A. Zahraee became Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Technology at Purdue University Calumet in 2010. He holds Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University, MS in Structural Engineering and PhD in Engineering Mechanics both from University of Illinois at Chicago. Mohammad joined Purdue University Calumet in 1989 and was the Head of the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies and Supervision Department from 1996 through 2007. He was also acting head of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department from 2000 through December 2006.
Zahraee served ABET from 1992 through 2010 as a program evaluator, commissioner (Accreditation Team Chair), as well as the national chair of the Engineering Technology accreditation commission of ABET during 2009-2010. He was recently elected to the ABET Board of Directors as a representative of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). A professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mohammad chairs the Graduate Education Council in the College of technology, advises all incoming graduate students, and approves all graduation audits for MS students. MS in technology at Purdue University Calumet has over 150 students, the third largest enrollment for such degree.

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Aco Sikoski Ivy Tech Community College

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Mr. Sikoski completed his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kiril I Metodi in Skopje, Macedonia. He continued his education at Purdue University where he obtained his Masters of Science in Engineering. Intermittently, Mr. Sikoski has consulted for various institutions and organizations. In 1997, he started his career at Ivy Tech Community College where he has stayed until present. He served as a professor, program chair, dean, and the campus Vice Chancellor. As a program chair and dean, Mr. Sikoski was involved in developing several technology and engineering programs, including the Energy Technology and Pre-Engineering Program. Developing programs to meet industry workforce needs and student’s successes are his priorities. He served as an educational co-chair and chair of the curriculum committee of the Indiana Energy Consortium. He is a member of the Executive Board of Association of Technology Management and Applied Science and a visiting team member. Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards for College of Technology at Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central and the Porter County Career Center.

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Branislav Rosul College of DuPage

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Dr. Branislav Rosul, Investigator
Dr. Rosul completed his bachelor's of science in Mechanical Engineering in February of 1984 majoring in Control Systems. Soon after he started to work as an Instrumentation Engineer in Teleoptic, Belgrade where he stayed for three years working on the Instrumentation Design and as a Project Engineer. During
that time he worked on instrumentation and technology development of various industrial processes, from food to petrochemical and still industry. Academically, he continued on toward the master of science in Electrical Engineering at University of Belgrade. After completing his course work at the Belgrade University he transferred to United States in 1987 where he continued his work in the Controls area and Robotics at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He obtained Masters and then Doctorate in the area of Robot Control and Modeling of Multibody Systems in 1997 at the same school. In the meantime he worked as an instructor at Oakton Community College and University of Illinois. Occasionally, Dr. Rosul has performed consulting for various institutions and organizations. In 1992 he started his career at College of DuPage where he stayed until present. First, as an instructor in Electro-Mechanical
Technology and Manufacturing Technology and then, as a coordinator in Electronics Technology. In addition to practical engineering experience Dr. Rosul has significant teaching and research background. As a PI and co-PI Dr. Rosul has extensively worked with NSF on several grants and projects. Currently
Dr. Rosul serves as an ABET evaluator for IEEE society.
University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, 1984
University of Illinois at Chicago, Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science, 1989
University of Illinois at Chicago, Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D., 1997
Fall 1998 – Present Electronics, and Electromechanical Technology Professor and Coordinator, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.
Spring 1992 – 1998 Manufacturing and Electro-Mechanical Technology Professor, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.
Fall 1988 – 1991 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Aug. 1987 – 1988 CIS Instructor, Oakton College, IL .
Winter 1984 – 1986 Project Control and Instrumentation Engineer, Project and Engineering Division, Teleoptic, Belgrade.
Aug. 2001 - 2011 ABET Evaluator, IEEE Society.
1. Survey of Recent Results on the Robustness of Singularly Perturbed Systems, 30th Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems. 1987 p 516-519.
2. Linearization and Sensitivity Models Using Kane's Equations, Integrated Architectures For Robot Control and Programming, v.7:23, 1993.
3. College of DuPage Adaptive Model Technical Education, National Science & Technology Education Conference, Washington DC, October 19-22, 1999.
4. “Adaptive Model for Integrated Technical Curriculum”, Connecting 2001 Beaver Creek, CO, Proceedings June 2001.
5. “Mecomtronics, and Integrated Technical Education Model”, Intertech 2002, Proceedings, Santos Brazil, March 2002.
NSF DUE-0101613: PI-Adaptive Model for Integrated Technical Curriculum, 2000-2004.
NSF-DUE 0602593: Co-PI NETEC 2004-2008.
NSF-ID 0724237: SBIR Phase II: Wavelength-Selective Lasers for Photonic Integrated Circuits.
NSF DUE - ATE 1003668 ; Co-PI Meeting Workforce Needs for Mechatronics Technicians, 2010-2014

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Workforce Development in Mechatronics- A three year NSF-ATE projectABSTRACT Purdue University Calumet (PUC) in Hammond, Indiana was awarded a National ScienceFoundation Advanced Technical Education (NSF-ATE) grant for mechatronics workforcedevelopment in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest Region, IN andCollege of DuPage, IL. Progress made in the project’s first 36 months will be presented in termsof innovation, module development, levels of participation, industry partnership, experientiallearning, and college credits for participants. The session will cover relevant activities,successful approaches, lessons learned, and content development. The presentation will involve the following topics and lessons learned for each topic will beshared  Module development and delivery- Innovation and resulting outcome  Assessment and Continuous improvement- formative and summative  Experiential learning-application oriented, project-based  Participants-seamless transition 2-yr to 4-yr; faculty resources; college credit, flexibility  Institutional partnership-benefits related to program, students, and facilities  Industry partnership- advisory board; internship, projects, funding and development This project addresses participants’ diverse educational background, multiple deliveryoptions, and college credits after completion of modules, seamless transition among partneringinstitution through mapping of college courses with modules. Furthermore, major focus is ondeveloping modules through enhancement of existing courses at different levels, andcontinuous improvement through assessment and evaluation of modules and modules delivery.

Latif, N., & Zahraee, M. A., & Sikoski, A., & Rosul, B. (2014, June), Workforce Development in Mechatronics- A Three Year NSF-ATE Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22791

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