SMU dean speaks out on mechatronics education in podcast

Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, dean of engineering at SMU, talks with C.G. Masi about issues in mechatronics education in a new podcast available for download from the Control Engineering Website. Some devices, such as robots and automatically guided vehicles (AUVs), are simply not possible without the automated electromechanical systems that....
By Control Engineering Staff October 28, 2008

Oak Brook, IL — “ SMU dean talks about mechatronics education ” is a new 20-min podcast available for download from the Control Engineering Dr. Geoffrey Orsak , School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University , discusses the present and future of mechatronics engineering education with Control Engineering senior editor, C.G. Masi .

“SMU dean talks about mechatronics education” is a new 20-min podcast available for download from the Control Engineering Website. Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, dean of the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University discusses the present and future of mechatronics engineering education. Also visit SMU engineering at http://lyle.smu.edu .

The term mechatronics has been around since the mid-1960s, but was little used until recently. It has come back into vogue as embedded control systems have insinuated themselves into everything from washing machines to cellphones, to thermostats, and automobiles.
Some devices, such as robots and automatically guided vehicles (AUVs), are simply not possible without the automated electromechanical systems that fall under the mechatronics discipline umbrella.
At issue is how we prepare engineers for careers in mechatronics. In this podcast Dr. Orsak describes how SMU views mechatronics engineering issues and what they are doing to address them.
To listen in, go to “Podcasts” tab at the Control Engineering Website .

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