Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering at SIUE
Students in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering create intelligent devices by combining mechanical and electrical engineering principles. Students in the School of Engineering are shaping the future by designing smarter cars, autonomous farm equipment, robots for the manufacturing industry and much more. These devices have mechanical and electrical components, sensors and computer software - all working together, harmoniously.
As automation and robotics increase around us, so does the need for engineers with specialized knowledge of these topics. The field of mechatronics and robotics engineering emerged out of this need to develop the best possible design while seamlessly merging mechanical and electronics knowledge. Mechatronics and robotics engineers have the interdisciplinary knowledge necessary to oversee the design and development of such intelligent devices from beginning to end, rather than completing mechanical, electrical and control designs separately.
While there are few Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in mechatronics and/or robotics in the U.S. and several abroad, SIUE is the only such program in the state of Illinois and the Midwest.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering
Mechatronics and robotics engineers find jobs in companies that design, develop and manufacture intelligent devices, systems and equipment for medical, automotive, communication, agriculture, construction and entertainment industries. Some examples of these are:
- Mobile or industrial robots
- Quadcopters and drones
- Autonomous vehicles
- High-tech prosthetic limbs
- Consumer electronics
- Space and defense
- Smart home, smart city and smart planet
Graduates from the mechatronics and robotics engineering program may also pursue a master's or doctoral degree in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering.