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Robotic Project-Based Pre-Training for In-Coming Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Students

[+] Author Affiliations
Chin Pei Tang, Matthew Goeckner, Mark W. Spong

University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

Paper No. DETC2010-29211, pp. 1029-1036; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 34th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4410-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper describes the pre-training approach using research projects to get the in-coming mechanical engineering undergraduate student jump started for their four years of college career. We used a robotics research project to go through the full engineering design lifecycle, including (a) brain-storming, (b) feasibility studies, (c) building simple models for evaluation, and (d) engineering/construction. With the help of the mentors, the approach has effectively involved the students to identify potential problems and solve them effectively during the execution of the projects. The resulting constructed robotic delivery truck is a mathematically interesting problem that will be solved as a research problem.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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