The Future of Mechatronics & Robotics Education (FoMRE) Workshops
This workshop series is motivated by the tremendous, dynamic growth in Mechatronics and Robotics. To address the need for highly educated, 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 these workshops 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. The workshops will benefit a wide range of participants including educators teaching mechatronics and robotics courses, Ph.D. students seeking academic careers in mechatronics and robotics, and industry professionals desiring to shape the future workforce.
Mike Gennert, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Vikram Kapila, New York University
Nima Lotfi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
James Mynderse, Lawrence Technological University
Workshop topics include:
Origins, goals, and mission of the Mechatronics & Robotics education community
Mechatronic & Robotics education knowledge bases
Project-based learning in Mechatronics & Robotics
Advanced and open-source platforms for Mechatronics & Robotics
Reducing barriers to adoption
Preparation to teach Mechatronics & Robotics
FoMRE Workshop at Lawrence Technological University
September 27 - 28, 2019, Southfield, Michigan
Friday, September 27: Industry & Academic Focus
1.00 pm - FoMRE and Team Introductions
1.30 pm - Session I: Student Preparation; Concept, Skills, Lab Experience Inventory
3.00 pm - Break
3.30 pm - Session II: Diversity & Inclusion, Industry Engagement
5.00 pm - Open Discussion
6.00 pm - Reception
Saturday, September 28: Academic Focus
8.00 am - Breakfast & Keynote Presentation by Dr. Tom Lee, Quanser
9.00 am - Session III: MRE Foundational & Practical Knowledge Base
10.30 am - Break
11.00 am - Session IV: Working Groups
12.30 pm - Open Discussion
1.00 pm - Break
2.00 pm - Industrial Tour
Refreshments available through the generous support of our industrial partner, Quanser.
There is no cost to attend the workshop. The registration includes the application for travel support available through the generous support from NSF. The workshop organizers will use the information provided in the registration form to allocate travel funds with the goal of supporting diverse and inclusive participation.
To be considered for financial support, please submit the registration by August 23, 2019.
FoMRE WORKSHOP AT ASME DSCC 2018
September 30, 2018, Atlanta, GA
The inaugural workshop on mechatronics and robotics education, was held in conjunction with the ASME's Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC 2018).
The objective of this workshop was to bring together industry and academic professionals to share experiences, and initiate efforts towards defining the field. We aimed to encourage and facilitate the wide adoption of Mechatronics and Robotics degree programs. Workshop participants learned about recent successes in offering such degrees, and had an opportunity to influence the future of the field and contribute to the growing Mechatronics and Robotics education community.
For more details, please read the Call for Participation.
FoMRE Workshop at Robotics Summit & Expo 2019
June 6, 2019, Boston, USA
The 2nd Future of Mechatronics & Robotics Education (FoMRE) was held in conjunction with the 2nd Robotics Summit & Expo in Boston, USA.
FoMRE Workshop at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
June 16, 2019, Tampa, Florida
The 3rd Future of Mechatronics & Robotics Education (FoMRE) will be held at the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Tampa, Florida.
Watch the webinar summarizing the outcomes of the workshop.
Mechatronics Education Innovation Webinar Series
In our webinar series, we want to introduce the community to some of the well-established mechatronics programs, and discuss the challenges of institutions starting new mechatronics programs. We want to look at the ways to improve current mechatronics curricula considering the technological advancements in the past few decades, and share ideas for student projects.
Watch the latest webinar The Waterloo RoboHub: What is it, and why should you care? with Dr. Brandon DeHart from the University of Waterloo.
stay tuned for future webinars announcements
Full versions of the previous webinars are available on the Mechatronics Education Community's Forum. Log in to your account and check the the Repository of shared materials (you must log in to access the Repository).
Creating a Mechatronics-specific Computing 2 Course
with guest presenter Dr. kevin McFall, Kennesaw State University
A Personal Evolution for Deployment of Mechatronics Robotics Courses
with guest presenter Dr. Venkat Krovi, Clemson University
Developing a Roadmap for Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering Education Based upon the Outcomes of the 1st NSF-sponsored FoMRE Workshop
with guest presenters Dr. Nima Lotfi, Dr. Vikram Kapila, Dr. Michael Gennert and Dr. James Mynderse
Evolution and Growth of Mechatronics Technician A.S. Programs
with guest presenters Dr. Marilyn Barger, Gary Morgan, Doug Leven and Dan Horine
Mechatronics and Robotics at Lawrence Tech: Pedagogies of Engagement
with guest presenter Dr. James Mynderse
Synergy between Mechatronics Engineering and Industrial Engineering Curricula in a Small Engineering Department
with guest presenter Dr. Nebojsa Jaksic
Robotics as an Undergraduate Major
with guest presenter Dr. Michael Gennert
Mechatronics Activities at DIT: Now and into the Future
with guest presenter Dr. Nigel Kent
Mechatronics Education and Research at the University of Waterloo
with guest presenter Dr. Wiliam Melek
with guest presenter Dr. Vikram Kapila
For more videos, presentations, and other materials from the webinars and workshops, visit the community's Forum, and browse the Repository of shared resources (to access the Repository, you need to login using your Forum account).