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.

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

FoMRE Workshop at Robotics Summit & Expo 2019
June 6, 2019, 9 am - 12 pm, Boston, USA

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

  • Accreditation

  • Preparation to teach Mechatronics & Robotics

  • Community-building

Registration:
Robotics Summit and Expo organizers have graciously agreed to provide full conference passes to the first 30 workshop participants.

To register, please email Dr. Gennert at michaelg@wpi.edu.

The 2nd Future of Mechatronics & Robotics Education (FoMRE) will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Robotics Summit & Expo in Boston, USA.


FoMRE Workshop at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
June 16, 2019, 9 am - 12 pm, Tampa, Florida

The 3rd Future of Mechatronics & Robotics Education (FoMRE) will be held at the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Tampa, Florida.

Financial Support for Travel Available
Travel assistance is available through the generous support of the NSF. To apply for travel assistance, please complete the application. The workshop organizers will use the provided responses to allocate travel funds with the goal of supporting diverse and inclusive participation.

 

FoMRE Workshop at Lawrence Technological University
September 27 - 28, 2019, Southfield, Michigan

Details to be announced shortly. Travel assistance for this workshop will be available through the generous support of NSF.


Previous workshops:

FoMRE WORKSHOP AT ASME DSCC 2018
Sunday, September 30, 2018, Atlanta, GA

There is no cost to attend the workshop.

Important dates:
March 29, 2019     Applications for participant support due
April 5, 2019          Participant support notification
April 8, 2019               Early registration deadline
May 16, 2019               Advance registration deadline
June 16, 2019              ASEE Annual Conference and Expo

Workshop Organizers:

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

 Watch the webinar summarizing the outcomes of the workshop.

Join us for the inaugural workshop on mechatronics and robotics education, held in conjunction with the ASME's Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC 2018).

The objective of this workshop is to bring together industry and academic professionals to 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 such degrees, and have 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

Highlights from the Mechatronics Education Innovation Workshop, hosted by NYU Tandon School of Engineering, November 2016
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) hosted the International Seminar on Mechatronics Education on June 20-21 at DTU Skylab. The focus of the seminar was to discuss how universities can educate engineers with interdisciplinary skillets; who are ready to tackle the difficult tasks of conceptualizing, designing, implementing and operating Mechatronics-4.0 solutions.
 

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.

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Watch the latest webinar Creating a Mechatronics-specific Computing 2 Course with Dr. Kevin McFall from the Kennesaw State University.

 
 

Upcoming webinars:

Stay tuned, the next webinar will be announced shortly.

Previous webinars:

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).

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
November 2018

Evolution and Growth of Mechatronics Technician A.S. Programs
with guest presenters Dr. Marilyn Barger, Gary Morgan, Doug Leven and Dan Horine
May 2018

Mechatronics and Robotics at Lawrence Tech: Pedagogies of Engagement
with guest presenter Dr. James Mynderse
April 2018

Synergy between Mechatronics Engineering and Industrial Engineering Curricula in a Small Engineering Department
with guest presenter Dr. Nebojsa Jaksic
March 2018

Robotics as an Undergraduate Major
with guest presenter Dr. Michael Gennert
February 2018

Mechatronics Activities at DIT: Now and into the Future
with guest presenter Dr. Nigel Kent
December 2017

Mechatronics Education and Research at the University of Waterloo
with guest presenter Dr. Wiliam Melek
October 2017

Mechatronics@NYU Tandon
with guest presenter Dr. Vikram Kapila
September 2017

 

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).