Most of us learned our trade in the good old fashioned way. We went to lectures, read texts, completed assignments, and wrote exams. But over the past decade, we’ve witnessed a remarkable proliferation of unique technologies that used to be the exclusive domain of research labs and advanced manufacturing organizations. Robotics and rapid prototyping via 3D printers are now appearing in the basements of hobbyists, and students. As the microcomputer spawned a generation of software mavericks who changed the world in the 80’s and 90’s, a new generation of young technology explorers are poised to reinvent the way we think about computing, systems, networks, and applications. The emerging “Internet of things” will be built by this brave new generation.
But how does this relate to how we teach? Though many are introducing such technologies into courses, our curriculum remains largely based on the framework of rational, and analytical approaches to engineering and arguably, it has become a struggle to make sense of these very traditional and, let’s face it, often boring concepts with exciting new influences. Quanser has been actively working with institutional partners to develop platforms and methodologies that reconcile the excitement of new robotics, embedded systems, and more recently 3D printing, with the theoretical traditions of control engineering. The belief is that there is a critical need to appropriately empower this new generation hobby-style engineering techniques with the sophistication of mathematical modeling, sound computing, and rigorous design. This webinar will present the conceptual framework and examples drawn from Quanser’s current activities with its academic partners.
- Learn about how new lab techniques are directly addressing complex engineering design concepts harmonized with rigorous theory
- Learn how to make the most of emerging engineering technology such as 3D printing and robotics
- Learn how other institutions are modernizing the control curriculum in response to emerging applied fields such as mechatronics