Welcome to Mechatronics !
The exciting field of mechatronics-increasingly recognized as a contemporary, integrative design methodology-is serving as a vehicle to engage and stimulate the interest of Polytechnic students in hands-on, interdisciplinary, collaborative learning. Mechatronics is a synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics to manage complexity, uncertainty, and communication in engineered systems. The typical knowledgebase for the optimal design and operation of mechatronics and smart systems comprises of system modeling and analysis, decision and control theory, sensors and signal conditioning, actuators and power electronics, hardware interfacing, rapid control prototyping, and embedded computing. The relevant technology applications of mechatronics include medical, defense, manufacturing, robotics, automotive, and distributed systems and smart consumer products. This web site is aimed at students, educators, and engineers interested in learning, practicing, and promoting the fascinating discipline of mechatronics. Here you will find ongoing mechatronics related educational, research, and outreach activities being undertaken by Polytechnic faculty and students.
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August 18, 2008: Under the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Site program, Division of Engineering Education and Centers of the National Science Foundation has awarded Polytechnic Institute of NYU a grant titled "RET Site: Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers (SMART)." This award provides funding in the amount $166,667/year. Under NSF's continuing award instrument, the project duration is expected to be three years. Professor Vikram Kapila, will serve as the PI and director of the SMART project.
The following Polytechnic faculty will serve as senior personnel on the SMART project Professor Nikhil Gupta, Professor Magued G. Iskander, and Professor MaurizioPorfiri. NSF Website
February 27, 2008: Under the GK-12 Fellows program, Division of Graduate Education of the National Science Foundation has awarded Polytechnic University a grant titled "New, GK12: Applying Mechatronics to Promote Science (AMPS)." This award provides funding in the amount $600,000/year. Under NSF's continuing award instrument, the project duration is expected to be five years. Professor Vikram Kapila, will serve as the PI and director of the AMPS project. The Co-PIs of the AMPS project include Professor Magued G. Iskander and Professor Noel N. Kriftcher. In addition, the following Polytechnic faculty will serve as the senior personnel on the AMPS project: Professor Dariusz Czarkowski, Professor Rastislav Levicky, and Professor Maurizio Porfiri.
July 2007: The Independence Community Foundation and the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation have awarded Polytechnic University a $226,449 grant titled "Central Brooklyn Robotics Initiative (CBRI)." The project is led by Professor Vikram Kapila and Professor Noel N. Kriftcher.
Announcing an Open House Program
On Tuesday, May 22, 2007, we will be holding an Open House for teachers who are interested in finding out more about our tw
April 25, 2007: Under the Engineers of the Future Program, New York State Education Department has awarded Polytechnic University a $240,654 grant titled "Summer Mechatronics Institute for Teachers (SUMMIT)." The project is led by Professor Vikram Kapila (PI) and Professor Noel N. Kriftcher (Co-PI).
April 25, 2007: Under the Engineers of the Future Program, New York State Education Department has awarded Polytechnic University a $297,455 grant titled "Summer Workshop in Instrumentation, Sensors and Engineering (WISE)." The project is led by Professor Magued G. Iskander (PI), Professor Vikram Kapila (Co-PI), and Professor Noel N. Kriftcher (Co-PI).
February 9, 2006: Professor Vikram Kapila presented Mechatronics Outreach @ Poly to the members of Polytechnic University Board of Trustees.
January 21, 2006: Professor Vikram Kapila presented Mechatronics Outreach @ Poly at "Why Science, Technology and Invention are Fun for Youth/Minority Youth?" a seminar organized by Wilbert Murdock an electrical engineer turned entrepreneur at the Schomburg Library Auditorium at 103 West 135th St, in Harlem, New York.
October 24, 2005: Dr. Charlie Camarda, a Polytechnic alumni '74 and a NASA Astronaut who flew on the 2005 Discovery Space Shuttle mission STS-114, visited Polytechnic University and the Mechatronics Laboratory. Click here for a photo album.
May 6, 2004: Professor Vikram Kapila presented a plenary talk titled Hands-on Mechatronics Education: A “Brooklyn Poly” Perspective at the 2004 Florida Conference on The Recent Advances in Robotics. Click here to download a zip file of this presentation (Size: 360MB). This talk has also been presented at (1) Drexel University, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department, Philadelphia, PA, May 2005 and (2) Polytechnic University, Honors College, Brooklyn, NY, March 2006.