Mechatronics Engineering Laboratory Development at San Jose State
T.R. Hsu, P.Hsu, P.Reischl and F.Barez
Departments of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
San Jose State University
San Jose, California, 95192. USA.
The Mechanical Engineering Department of San Jose State University has been developing a new mechatronics engineering laboratory since Fall 1995. This laboratory is intended to provide engineering students on the application of electronics, microprocessors and software in designing electro-mechanical systems , mechatronics products and process control systems. The laboratory development is a principal part of an award for “ Undergraduate Curriculum Development on Mechatronics System
Engineering ” by the division of undergraduate education of the National Science
Foundation (NSF). Major task of the new laboratory is to support instruction and provide hands-on study of two of the five new courses : ME106 Fundamentals of Mechatronics
System Engineering and ME 190 Mechatronics System Design. This paper presents the progress made in developing the new mechatronics engineering laboratory.
The rapid advances of microprocessor and microcomputer technologies in the 1980 's have broadened the application of mechatronics to many products and systems, ranging from common household electromechanical products to highly sophisticated space gadgetry and devices. A broader definition of Mechatronics being adopted by the team of instructors at San Jose State University ( SJSU ) is that mechatronics is a technology that relates to the design and manufacture of intelligent products or processes involving hybrid mechanical and electronic functions.
A taskforce involving the faculty members from mechanical, electrical , computer and general engineering departments, and members of the Mechanical Engineering
Department Advisory Board was established in early 1993.
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