In the latest IFEES-GEDC global Engineer bulletin, read about the first Mechatronics Workshop at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and learn how academic institutions are responding to the need to graduate Mecahtronics Engineers.
Mechatronics has emerged as one of the most important trends in modern engineering and is the heartbeat of established fields such as robotics and emerging fields including the IoT, Industrial IoT, Cyberphysical Systems, and Industry 4.0. Accordingly, academic institutions are responding with a rapidly increasing number of new Mechatronics programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. In June 2016, New York University’s (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering convened an exploratory workshop to identify opportunities and challenges facing mechatronics program development. Quanser was the principal industry sponsor. Subsequently, in November 2016, NYU hosted an enlarged workshop, this time, cosponsored by the US National Science Foundation and Quanser. More than seventy attendees participated in the event representing leading universities and two- and four-year colleges from all over the United States, Canada, UK, and Denmark. The workshop set goals to engage key stakeholders in industry and academia in productive discussions of the emerging opportunities and challenges for mechatronics as an academic discipline and to draw their respective priorities and best practices to shape the future of this multidisciplinary field.