Spring 2012
Impact

UDM offers Michigan’s first robotics and mechatronics engineering degree

Beginning this fall, University of Detroit Mercy will offer Michigan’s first bachelor's degree in Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering. The program will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to design new and “intelligent” systems/products that should make our lives a little bit easier.

Students with device
Students work on robotics projects.

The Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering program will teach students how to integrate mechanization and control with sensing, actuation, and computation to best achieve improved product quality and performance. Such intelligent systems include not only robots, but also modern intelligent automobiles, airplanes, defense systems, assisting devices, and a wide variety of other systems such as appliances, games and entertainment systems.

“Tremendous growth is projected for service, defense and manufacturing jobs in the robotics field,” said Shuvra Das, associate dean of the College of Engineering & Science. “Within the broad area of mechatronic systems, our graduates will have the choice of developing nearly all types of products, from smart cars to game systems.”

Through this degree program, students will develop a strong understanding of the principles of engineering and control systems in a synergistic framework. In addition, they will build strong teamwork and communication skills to solve complex problems across disciplinary boundaries. In establishing innovative approaches and an entrepreneurial mindset, students will also design, develop and implement intelligent-engineered products and processes to solve challenging technological problems or meet specific human needs effectively using a variety of innovation methods.

Dr. Walter Maisel, CEO, Kostal North America, a German automotive supplier located in Troy, said, “Our future challenge in interior automotive mechatronics is to have critical talent in skilled and seasoned people to handle both disciplines, dynamic mechanics and control electronics with more and more space constraints paired with an increased functionality; therefore, partnerships with local universities like U of D Mercy are critical to the development of the next generation of (mechatronic) engineers, and to the future of the automotive industry in Southeastern Michigan."

In addition to being a program with a growing job market, the UDM program has received the support of the National Science Foundation in all critical elements of this curriculum. The program also offers a full-year of paid industrial experience (co-op) that is integrated within the 4-year program, along with automatic consideration given for 4-year full or partial tuition scholarships. Master’s degree option is available with only one additional year.

For more information about UDM’s undergraduate degree in Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering, visit the program’s website.

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