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Northeast

CROSSFUNCTIONAL

KNOWLEDGE

new york university understands the manufacturing industry needs
skilled workers, and its tandon school of engineering is responding
with a new advanced program.
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The NYU Tandon School of Engineering launched in January a
Master's of Science degree program in mechatronics and robotics, which
is a multidisciplinary field that represents a growth industry with high
demand for qualified graduates.
Mechatronics combines mechanical engineering, electrical
engineering, informatics and sensors with computer control
throughout the entire design process, with the goal of creating
products that operate with high precision and produce superior performance. The word was first coined by Japanese engineers in the 1960s, and since then, mechatronic engineers have
made enormous contributions to the automotive industry (anti-lock brakes, hybrid powertrains), the medical field (robotic
surgical tools), military defense (motion-controlled sighting
systems), and numerous other areas.
Because they work on developing products and systems that
are essentially mechanical but that cannot operate optimally
without electrical and computer controls, mechatronics engineers must have a deep understanding of mechanics, electronics, computer science and more.
The new master's program in mechatronics and robotics
was developed by members of the NYU Tandon Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, including Professor
Vikram Kapila, who anticipates that it will ultimately award approximately 40 master's degrees each year.
"In a global, competitive marketplace, there is an acute need
to train tomorrow's workforce in a cooperative environment
that attracts students with diverse educational backgrounds,"
Kapila says. "Additionally, robotics is a particularly good platform upon which our students can construct lasting entrepreneurial ventures because it is still a relatively nascent technology that has the potential to resuscitate U.S. manufacturing."

The rise in autonomous robots, from delivery drones to
self-driving vehicles, will drive demand for mechatronics experts, with their cross-functional knowledge and approach.
While graduate mechatronics programs are more commonly
offered in such countries as Australia, Germany and Canada,
the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is among the very few
American institutions to do so.
"We are proud to be at the forefront of a field that is revolutionizing so many important industries," Dean Katepalli R.
Sreenivasan says. "Our new degree program modernizes our
curricula offerings, is highly relevant to students' interest, and
addresses workforce demands for graduates who have broad
interdisciplinary expertise and thinking."
In addition to Kapila, core faculty members who will be
participating in the program include Joo H. Kim, who has
achieved recognition for custom-fitted robotic exoskeletons of great use to soldiers, industrial workers and disabled
people; and Maurizio Porfiri, who was deemed one of the nation's most brilliant young scientists by the editors of Popular Science for his work on bio-mimetic robots. Sanghoon
Lee brings his more than six years of industry experience to
the new program. The faculty has an extensive background
in a number of areas, including rehabilitation and assistive
robotics, aquatic robotics, biologically inspired robotics,
legged locomotion, human-robot interaction, automation,
embedded and mobile computing, and cybersecurity for the
Internet of Things. mt
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