Mechatronics & Systems Control

Schematic of an Artificial LimbMechatronics is related to the systems control area, and includes knowledge of robotics and electronics. It involves the creation of embedded systems. Mechatronics evolved out of the Japanese automotive industry in the 1970s but has come to include many consumer goods that incorporate embedded systems. Embedded systems are found in many of the products used widely, and a good example would be a “smart” seat in a car. A smart seat would have its own sensors and ability to remember your setting and automatically adjust itself to your specifications.

Graduates with a mechatronics background are necessary in a wide range of industries, including the automotive sector, robotics, electronics, aerospace, and the manufacturing sector.

Courses in systems control provide a broad training in all aspects of systems design and control. Depth in this area emphasizes the systems view and the student is exposed to “system principles” through a sequence of three control courses. In-depth study of computer engineering principles makes possible the embedding of computer control in smart products. In addition, the student is exposed to a spectrum of systems-oriented disciplines including: robotics, systems biology, communications, digital signal processing, large scale energy systems and computer systems. These courses are suited to those interested in the workings of entire engineering systems with many possible applications.

Systems control engineers are sought after in a wide array of industries: aerospace, robotics, power/energy, communication, software, automotive, computer games, entertainment and film, petroleum, pulp and paper, transportation, manufacturing, finance and risk management, biomedical and medical imaging, among others.