WEBINAR: Preparing Our Undergrads for Ambitious Engineering System Design Through Mechatronics

Presented by Dr. Tom Lee, CEO, Quanser, and Adjunct Professor of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

March 8, 2017 - 11.00 - 11.45 AM EST

Most engineering schools have introduced some form of mechatronic design into undergraduate curriculum over the past few years. Ambitious mechatronic design, however, refers to the skills and insight that the emerging generation of engineers needs to create driverless vehicles, travel to and from Mars, and technologically respond to severe physical ailments. But how do we close the gap between introductory concepts based on hobby-grade embedded platforms and the advanced methodologies required to perform modern mechatronic magic?

To establish a comprehensive framework for mechatronics education, Dr. Tom Lee has been working with institutions around the world. Technologically, he has worked with commercial partners to establish flexible, scalable, and persistent lab platforms. Pedagogically, he has been working to reconcile the theoretical foundations of the engineering sciences and mathematics with the digital realities of modern design. Practically, he has explored techniques to make new teaching strategies consistent with the course structure of academic programs.

In this webinar, see an overview of these new approaches in the context of global trends fundamentally changing if not challenging the way we teach undergraduates.

In this webinar, learn how to

  • Transform conventional lab strategies into modern strategies that emphasize applications and important global trends in engineering
  • Modernize a progressive undergrad lab within the constraints of typical course structures, time limits, and budgets
  • Motivate the new generation of students and improve an institution’s performance on the three Rs: recruitment, retention, and rankings