Introducing New Mechatronics Education Innovation Webinar Series

The Mechatronics Education Community was originally founded to serve as a resource for individuals interested in developing and improving mechatronics-related programs, courses, and projects. Our goal has been to create a space where mechatronics educators from around the world can come together and exchange their experience, challenges, and best practices. As the next step in developing our community, I am excited to announce the launch of a new Mechatronics Education Innovation Webinar Series this fall. The webinars will introduce the participants to some of the well-established mechatronics programs and their curricula, the challenges of institutions starting new mechatronics programs, ways to improve current mechatronics curricula considering the technological advancements in the past few decades, and finally research and educational project ideas.

Please join us for the inaugural webinar on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 2 pm EDT with a guest presenter, Dr. Vikram Kapila from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Dr. Vikram Kapila

Dr. Kapila is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at NYU Tandon and directs a Mechatronics, Controls, and Robotics Laboratory, a Research Experience for Teachers Site, a DR K-12 research project, and an ITEST research project, all funded by NSF.

In the webinar, Dr. Kapila will discuss the evolution of the mechatronics program at NYU Tandon and give highlights of the curricula of several courses and student projects. He will also provide an overview of the recently launched M.S. in Mechatronics and Robotics degree program. Dr. Kapila will also describe recent developments in the design, development, and assessment of mobile mixed-reality laboratory test-beds to render engaging laboratory education experiences and highlight synergistic activities related to mechatronics and robotics education for K-12 constituencies. Finally, Dr. Kapila will present some recent research directions concerning mixed-reality, intuitive, and natural human-robot interaction as well as some mechatronics and robotics solutions for healthcare.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Please share the invite with your colleagues. We are looking forward to seeing you online! Also, I want to thank Quanser for supporting the community and providing the platform for hosting the webinar series.

Dr. Nima Lotfi
Mechatronics Education Community Co-founder
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville