Meeting Workforce Needs for Mechatronics Technicians

National Science Foundation LogoNSF Award Number: DUE-1003668

Principal Investigator:
Niaz Latif

Co-Principal Investigators:
Mohammad Zahraee, Aco Sikoski (Ivy Tech), Rosul Branislav (College of DuPage), Akram Hossain, Masoud Fathizadeh, Gregory Neff

Total Amount: $613,862
Duration: August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2013


The purpose of this project is to develop and implement a modular-based multidisciplinary mechantronics curriculum that is flexible and customizable based on the changing needs of education and industry. The modules are designed to close the knowledge and skills gap in the area of mechatronics, as well as address the workforce challenges present in the regional areas of greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Three tiers of course modules (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels) are delivered to two year college freshmen and sophomores, as well as industry professionals allowing for certification at various levels. The modules are mapped to existing courses in the associate degree program at Purdue University-Calumet, Ivy Tech Community College, and the College of Dupage. Internship experiences are also made available to participating students by industry partners. On-going assessment is embedded in each project component to measure the effectiveness of the instructional materials, student learning (both in school and through internships), and instructional delivery. There is a strong focus on recruiting and engaging underrepresented students, as well as linking to local high schools by providing modules that supplement existing coursework.

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