Lotfi Romdhane, Coordinator
Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronics and electrical engineering with computer science and control systems engineering. Modern devices contain mechanical, electrical and computer systems working in harmony to achieve higher levels of functionality than previously imaginable. For example, the automobile has evolved beyond a mechanical system with electrical components to an integrated system of electro-mechanical devices, embedded microprocessors, network communications and intelligent software. To develop these advanced systems, a new breed of engineer is needed who not only has a strong foundation in engineering design, but also feels comfortable working across the traditional engineering disciplines of manufacturing, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering.
Students enrolling in the mechatronics engineering minor should have normally completed a minimum of 60 credits of course work and be in good academic standing.
The mechatronics minor is restricted to computer, electrical and mechanical engineering students. Students in other majors interested in this minor should contact the College of Engineering Associate Dean to investigate the possibility of pursuing this minor.
The following rules apply:
• The minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits for electrical engineering and computer engineering students and 20 credits for mechanical engineering students, including at least nine and 10 credits respectively in courses at or above the 300 level.
• At least nine credits of the 18 credits (or 10 credits out of the 20 credits, as applicable) required for the minor must be taken in residence at AUS.
• At least six credits of the credits at or above the 300 level must be taken in residence at AUS.
• A minimum GPA of 2.00 must be earned in courses completed to satisfy the minor.
Students seeking a minor in mechatronics engineering must successfully complete the following courses or their equivalent. All course prerequisites must be satisfied.
• Computer engineering students: ELE 212, ELE 351, ELE 353, MCE 223 or MCE 240, and MCE 464
• Electrical engineering students: COE 410, ELE 473 or ELE 486, ELE 476L, MCE 216L, MCE 223 or MCE 240, MCE 236L and MCE 464
• Mechanical engineering students: COE 221, COE 241, MCE 410, MCE 416, and MCE 466
Students must successfully complete a minimum of three credits in courses selected from the following list and not used as minor requirements:
• COE 431 Industrial Computer Systems
• COE 482 Soft Computing
• ELE 444 Control Systems II
• ELE 473 Industrial Instrumentation and Control
• ELE 486 Electric Drives
• MCE 416 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
• MCE 466 Introduction to Mechatronics
• MCE 464 Introduction to Robotics