Mechatronics option

What is mechatronics?

Mechatronics is the term originally coined to describe the integration of mechanical, electrical, and computer technologies into the design of complex products. Although products have long included all three components, traditional design methods viewed them as separate, independently realized aspects of the design. Mechatronics emphasizes global optimization by integrating these three components of the design process.


ME majors may apply to the Mechatronics option while enrolled in ME 374, during the spring of their junior year. Admission is competitive and based on cumulative GPA and grades in specific classes. A maximum of 30 students are accepted into the Mechatronics option each year, and students are informed of acceptance early in summer quarter.


The program culminates in the ME 495 Mechatronics Capstone Design course during spring quarter.

Although enrollment preference in Mechatronics core courses (ME 471, ME 473, and ME 477) is given to Mechatronics Option students, limited additional space is available for non-mechatronics students.

Mechatronics core courses

Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Automatic Control Embedded Computing Mechatronics Capstone Design
Instrumentation & Sensors Mechatronics Design Preparation (1cr)  
Introduction to Mechanical Design 1    

1 Taking ME 395 in an earlier quarter is also acceptable.

Elective courses

万博水晶宫水Two electives minimum required.

Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Advanced Dynamics Electric Circuits Lab I Electric Circuits Lab II
Comp.-Aided Technology Mechanical Vibrations Finite Element Analysis
Finite Element Analysis Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos  

Mechatronics senior capstone design project

Mechatronics projects emphasize design of mechanical systems that incorporate embedded real-time computing. The projects include the development of a prototype implemented in the Embedded Computing Laboratory. Typical projects involve robotics, automation, sensing, and controls. To be eligible for the Mechatronics capstone design course, you must be accepted into the Mechatronics program, take all of the Mechatronics core courses, and take at least two of the elective courses shown.

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