Applied Engineering News
The Kent State University Robotics Club advisors, Darwin Boyd, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Shin-Min (Simon) Song, professor, both from the College of Aeronautics & Engineering, offer an extension of education with membership of the team. The Kent State University Robotics Team participates in the annual Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) student robotics contest as well as other competitions. Advisors say knowledge in the areas of robotics and mechatronics enhance participants marketability in their post-collegiate job search.
The pair would like to develop a robotics laboratory facility in the CAE and accumulate the knowledge and experience in robotics and mechatronics for future research and development of projects related to these areas.
The support and interest in robotics and mechatronics is leading the college to pursue creation of a Mechatronics bachelor degree.
Faculty and staff of CAE are encouraged to help recruit students for the Robotics Club.
Faculty Advisors will work with students to form two groups to work on the ATMAE robotics contest:
Robotics and mechatronics lab development: Students will learn how to operate the robots and Rockwell Automation's motor controllers in CAE They will also develop new automation labs and/or improve the existing lab.
Resources: The College will provide lab space to support the development of the Robotics Club. The funding for the activities will be provided by a combination of the following two ways:
- External funding sources: Faculty adviser(s) will work with students to write proposals to apply for funding
- College funds
Upon formation of the Robotics Club in the college, the students will elect officers and apply to KSU for a student organization status.
Students will meet once a week with the advisor(s) to work on the projects. During summer, students may register for a "Special Topic" course to continue to work on the projects.