Mechatronics is technology that combines electronics and mechanical engineering in a single device: for example, the software systems in modern vehicles or the Mars rover. Knowledge from several fields and disciplines—like mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science—is combined to create mechatronics objects. The field is relatively young, meaning you can contribute to research and breakthroughs in the area while still an undergraduate student. The Mechatronics curriculum consists of a year-long mechatronics sequence and electives choosen by the student: course options range from system dynamics and robotics to electric motors and instrument data acquistion. The culminating experience of the program is a mechatronics project designed and completed by the student, requiring you to combine mechanical and electrical engineering concepts with technology (such as sensors or acuators). With this certificate, you will learn the technical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to engineer solutions and a make a difference in the field of mechatronics.
Academic and Career Opportunities
This certificate is available to all engineering students, as well as students from an allied science field. In addition to academics, be sure to get involved with the department: meet peers and faculty members by joining the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Upon graduation, you can use the hands-on skills you gained as a mechatronics student to assist you in fields in engineering and science: become a mechanical engineer specializing in equipment design or creation, or enter the field of computer engineering to create faster microprocessors.