A major challenge in the online delivery of engineering courses is the implementation of the lab component. With most campuses being closed due to COVID-19, many of the engineering courses’ labs are either cancelled or converted to simple simulations. In this presentation, Dr. Mostafa Soliman of McMaster University, will detail how the labs for a third-year control theory course were converted to suit online delivery. Most of the labs utilized MATLAB/Simulink and the Quanser Virtual QUBE-Servo 2 digital twin. By using a 3D gaming engine to animate a virtual motor, engaging and immersive control experiments were performed by students from home.
Mostafa Soliman is currently an Assistant Professor at the W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. His current research interests include control systems, renewable energy, and smart grids. Within education, his interests are in experiential learning and project-based learning. He was the recipient of McMaster Student Union (MSU) Teaching Award in 2019.