Travel Support for the FoMRE Workshop Participants Available

We are excited to announce the funding availability through generous support from the National Science Foundation for participation in the 1st of several planned workshops on The Future of Mechatronics & Robotics Education (FoMRE). This inaugural workshop will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2018, in conjunction with ASME’s Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2018, in Atlanta, GA.

The workshop is motivated by the tremendous, dynamic growth in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering (MRE). To address the need for highly-educated and multi-disciplinary professionals, many universities and colleges have introduced courses, minors, and degree programs; however, these efforts lack cohesion. Now is the time to unify and standardize educational material to make MRE education more widely available and easier to adopt.

The objectives of this workshop are to bring together industry and academic professionals in Mechatronics and Robotics, share experiences, and initiate efforts towards defining the field.  We aim to encourage and facilitate the wide adoption of Mechatronics and Robotics degree programs. Workshop participants will learn about recent successes in offering these degrees, help influence the future of the field, and contribute to the growing Mechatronics and Robotics education community.

This workshop will benefit a wide range of DSCC participants including educators teaching mechatronics, robotics, dynamics, and control courses, Ph.D. students seeking academic careers in mechatronics and robotics, and industry professionals desiring to shape the future workforce. As mentioned earlier, travel support for a limited number of participants is available in the form of stipends following participation in the workshop. If you wish to be considered for travel support, please complete the following short survey:

Important Dates:

Aug. 24, 2018  Applications for participant support due
Aug. 31, 2018  Participant support notification
Sep. 30, 2018  Workshop


Mike Gennert, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Vikram Kapila, New York University
Nima Lotfi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
James Mynderse, Lawrence Technological University

For additional information, please see the DSCC website at or contact us at

To register for the workshop, visit the DSCC registration page.