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The Bachelor of Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering with a Concentration in Electrical Engineering (BRMSEw/EE) is an undergraduate degree program that is focused on the fundamentals necessary for the design of systems and products in which electronic and computer control of mechanisms, as well as environment sensing and interpretation, are combined to achieve “intelligent” products and “life-like” performance.  Robotics and Mechatronics Systems Engineering with a Concentration in Electrical Engineering, the combination of sensing, computation and actuation in the real world, is experiencing rapid growth. This growth is driven by the decreased cost and increased availability of integrated electronics, sensors, high-performance computing devices, and actuators, and by national needs for defense and security, elder care, automation of household tasks, customized manufacturing, and interactive entertainment.    

This new multi-technological program will be seeking ABET accreditation as an electrical engineering degree in 2016 when its first students are expected to have graduated.  The program provides students with an in-depth knowledge of engineering science and design methodology in a multidisciplinary context that includes electronics and circuits, embedded systems and controls, and software and hardware integration as well as mechanics and mechanisms.  By working with hands-on projects from the freshman through senior years, exploring a series of robotic/mechatronic, sensor, and communication systems you combine electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering concepts with practical applications. Then, at multiple points in your 4-year program, you work in industry (a co-op assignment with an engineer's salary) to apply your knowledge and build real work experience. Unlike a traditional engineering program, which focuses on dry theoretical topics separately, we teach you engineering theory through an integrated and applied approach in system design, so you learn how concepts work together - as they would in the "real world." Thus your education in this program helps prepare you to develop the next neural-controlled artificial limb or hybrid "green" autonomous vehicle!

Students also have team-oriented design experiences integrated throughout their curriculum. A capstone design experience, conducted in the senior year, challenges students with a sophisticated systems-level project that involves the development of intelligent vehicles for entry in national competitions, a product for a real client, or a process-related problem that draws on knowledge from a variety of topics that they were exposed to.

Combined 5 Year Bachelor/Master Program

The 5-year Bachelor/Master Degree program is designed to enable completion of both the BRMSEw/EE and the Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in Robotics or Mechatronics in five calendar years. The program allows qualified University Bachelor of Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering: Electrical Engineering students to take up to two graduate level courses (6 credits) during their final three academic semesters that will meet undergraduate degree requirements while also accruing course credits toward their graduate degree..

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Statement of RMSEw/EE Program Educational Objectives

The following list presents the specific RMSEw/EE  Program Educational Objectives.  ABET defines Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) as “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.”

The graduates of the Robotics and Mechatronics Systems Engineering with a Concentration in Electrical Engineering program are expected, within a few years of graduation, to:

  1. Demonstrate by successful professional engineering practice and/or pursuit of advanced engineering degrees, technical proficiency in engineering fundamentals;
  2. Excel in the practice of engineering through effective communication, collaboration and teamwork, lifelong learning, and creative engineering problem solving; and,
  3. Contribute to the engineering profession and to society in a manner consistent with the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, which include leadership and service within a strong moral and ethical framework

Degree Requirements - Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Concentration in Electrical Engineering

The BRMSEw/EE Curriculum includes,  University Core Curriculum Courses, Engineering Core Courses and Major courses for Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering: Electrical Engineering, and Technical Electives.  There is a basic core of material that every electrical engineering student should know to provide the foundation for all other learning and work.  To this EE base, one must add topics from computer science and mechanical engineering which enable the development of computer controls and mechanisms associated with robotic and mechatronic systems.    For this reason, all RMSEw/EE majors are required to take a series of core courses in addition to the general Engineering core requirements.

Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering : Electrical Engineering Concentration Major Courses (59 credits)

CSSE 1722  Introduction to Programming II 3 cr.
ELEE 2500 Fundamentals of Electrical & Computer Eng I 3 cr.
ELEE 2510 Fundamentals of Electrical & Computer Eng I Lab 1 cr.
ELEE 2520 Fundamentals of Electrical & Computer Eng II 3 cr.
ELEE 2530 Fundamentals of Electrical & Computer Eng II Lab 1 cr.
ELEE 2640 Digital Logic Circuits 3 cr.
ELEE 2650 Digital Logic Circuits Lab 1 cr.
ELEE 3860 Intro to Microcontrollers 3 cr.
ELEE 3870 Intro to Microcontrollers Lab 1 cr.
ELEE 3880 Signals and Systems 3 cr.
ELEE 4000 Hardware and Software Integration 3 cr.
ELEE 3720 Electromechanical Energy Conversion 3 cr.
MENG 3920 Machine Design* 3 cr.
MENG 4900 Robotics (Intro to Robotics I)  3 cr.
ELEE 4200 Autonomous Mobility Robotics (Intro to Robotics II) 3 cr.
ENGR 4220 Control Systems 3 cr.
ENGR 4520 Sensors and Actuators 3 cr.
ENGR 4790 Mechatronics Modeling and Simulation  3 cr.

ELEE 4011

ECE Senior Capstone Design I** 2 cr.

ELEE 4012

ECE Senior Capstone Design I Lab I** 1 cr.

ELEE 4031

ECE Senior Capstone Design II** 3 cr.

ELEE 4032

ECE Senior Capstone Design II Lab** 1 cr.

2 Technical Electives

See below 6 cr.

* Substitution with Vehicle Dynamics (MENG 4760) or other program-consistent course with program director’s approval is possible. 

** MENG 4930 & MENG 4950 may be taken in place of ELEE 4011/4012/4031/4032with program director’s approval when joint ECE/ME projects are undertaken.

Engineering Core Courses (60 credits)

MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 4 cr.
MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 4 cr.
MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 4 cr.
MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4 cr.
MTH 4270 Applied Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
PHY 1600 General Physics I 3 cr.
PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHY 1620 General Physics II 3 cr.
PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
CHM 1070 General Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr.
CSSE 1712  Introduction to Programming I 3 cr.
ENGR 1022 Engineering Graphics and Design 1 cr.
ENGR 1023 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving 1 cr.
ENGR 1080 Fundamentals of Engineering Design 2 cr.
ENGR 3120 Statics 3 cr.
ENGR 3130 Dynamics 3 cr.
ENGR 3260 Mechanics of Materials 3 cr.
ENL 3030 Technical Writing 3 cr.
ENGR 3000 Intro to Engineering & Science Co-op 1 cr.
CTA 3010 Engineering Co-op I 2 cr.
CTA 3020 Engineering Co-op II 2 cr.
ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering 2 cr.
CTA 3030 Engineering Co-op III 2 cr.
ENGR 3112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice 1 cr.

Technical Electives - flexibility and focus

The program is supplemented by a minimum of six credit hours of technical electives. Technical electives are upper division (typically 4000-level) courses in electrical, robotics, and mechatronics systems engineering topics and may include advisor-approved courses in computer, software, or mechanical engineering, computer science, or mathematics. An integrated concentration of courses is recommended to strengthen the background of students in their area of specialization. The Technical Electives are included in the Major GPA calculation.

Typical Technical Electives - Select 6 credits from the following

ELEE 4400 Computational Intelligence Techniques 3 cr.
ELEE 4520 Real-Time Control Systems 3 cr.
ELEE 4540 Fuzzy System Theory 3 cr.
ELEE 4620 Random Variables and Random Processes 3 cr.
ELEE 4680 &
ELEE 4690
Computer Networking
Computer Networking Lab
3 cr.
1 cr.
ELEE 4685 Wireless Sensor Networks 3 cr.
ELEE 4700 Controls II 3 cr.
ELEE 4780 &
ELEE 4790
Embedded Systems
Embedded Systems Lab
3 cr.
1 cr.
ELEE 4880  Digital Signal Processing I 3 cr.
ELEE 4920 Digital Image Processing and Computer Vision 3 cr.
MENG 4760 Vehicle Dynamics 3 cr.
ENT 4500 Innovation and Creativity 3 cr.
CSSE 4550 Intro to Artificial Intelligence 3 cr..

Other technical electives in electrical engineering, software engineering, mathematics, advanced electric vehicle, and entrepreneurship may be taken with the Program Director's approval.

University Core Curriculum Courses

Objective 1: Communication Skills
ENL 1310 Academic Writing 3 cr.
CST 1010 Speech 3 cr.
Objective 2: Mathematical and Computer Skills
Satisfied with courses required by the program
Objective 3: Scientific Literacy
Satisfied with courses required by the program
Objective 4: Meaning and Value
PHL 1000 Intro to Philosophy 3 cr.
RELS Religious Studies (Select one OB4B course) 3 cr.
RELS/PHL Religious Studies or Philosophy (Select one OB4C course) 3 cr.
Objective 5: Diverse Human Experience
5A/5B/5C Specific History/English/Art course
(must have this OB 5A, 5B or 5C attribute)
3 cr.
5A/5B/5C A Second History/English/Art course
(must have this OB 5A, 5B or 5C attribute)
3 cr.
5D Comparative Experiences course
(must have OB 5D attribute)
3 cr.
Objective 6: Social Responsibility (included in engineering core)
ENGR 1000 Ethics and Politics of Engineering
ENGR 3000 Intro to Engineering & Science Co-op
CTA 3010 Engineering Co-op I
CTA 3020 Engineering Co-op II
ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering
CTA 3030 Engineering Co-op III
ENGR 3112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice

Program Contact Information

Program Chairperson: Dr. Nizar Al-Holou
Engineering 330
Telephone: (313) 993-3365

Fax: (313) 993-1087
E-mail: ece_chair@udmercy.edu

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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