SoSE unveils new mechatronics engineering major for fall ’20

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University will be offering a new major in mechatronics engineering. This academic program will officially be available in the fall of ’20. The major puts AU in rare company as one of the few mechatronics engineering programs in the country. 

AU's autonomous vehicleMechatronics Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that draws from computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and applies these topics to a variety of applications of electromechanical systems including robotics, control, and automation.  Engineers in this field are vitally important in the continued development of autonomous vehicles, industrial robotics, and space exploration vehicles. Students will gain background and experience, in addition to electronics, mechanics, and engineering science, in areas such as optimal control, robust control, adaptive control, robotics, machine learning, computer vision, and the culmination of these concepts in a mechatronic system design course. 

“The major pulls from our expertise in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, as well as computer science, to form a cohesive multidisciplinary degree program that will equip graduates to be versatile in an era of rapidly changing technologies,” said Dr. Ben McPheron, assistant professor of electrical engineering. 

Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, Dr. Chad Wallace is ecstatic for his faculty and their accomplishments. “Our AU students and faculty have already proven to me that we are excellent in the area of mechatronics with our win in the Autonomous Division of the evGrandPrix this past year.” He continues, “Students who have grown up competing in robotics competitions will find that AU is the perfect place to continue their education.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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