Preparing Our Undergrads for Ambitious Engineering System Design Through Mechatronics
Skill levels: All
Presented by Dr. Tom Lee, CEO, Quanser and Adjunct Professor of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Most engineering schools have introduced some form of mechatronic design into undergraduate curriculum over the past few years. Ambitious mechatronic design, however, refers to the skills and insight that the emerging generation of engineers needs to create driverless vehicles, travel to and from Mars, and technologically respond to severe physical ailments. But how do we close the gap between introductory concepts based on hobby-grade embedded platforms and advanced methodologies required to perform modern mechatronic magic? To establish a comprehensive framework for mechatronics education, Dr. Lee has been working with institutions around the world to challenge and change the way we teach undergraduates.
Watch and learn:
• How to transform conventional lab strategies to modern strategies that emphasize applications and important global trends in engineering
• How to modernize a progressive undergrad lab within the constraints of typical course structure, time limits, and budgets
• How to motivate the new generation of students and improve an institution’s performance on the 3 R’s: Recruitment, Retention, Rankings
About the Presenter:
Dr. Tom Lee has been an active contributor in the global engineering and control systems community for over twenty years.
As Chief Education Officer at Quanser, a leader in real-time control and mechatronics solutions for education, research, and industry, Dr. Lee develops and implements the company’s strategy for enriching and increasing the educational effectiveness of technology in the modern engineering education context.
Dr. Lee also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, noted for its leadership in engineering, computer science, and mathematics. He has published numerous papers and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of engineering education, engineering modeling and simulation, and engineering computation.