Motion Control and Drives Laboratory

Goals

The lab is structured to reach the following goals:

Hands-on education and training

The objective is to bring the real world into an otherwise theoretical education. The lab promotes control-systems education with experimentation, requiring identification and control of physical device(s). The laboratory experiments are designed to complement and synchronize with the lecture course in order to best reinforce concepts learned in class with hands-on experience. Using the laboratory facility, students should be allowed to conduct design and simulation projects in a simulated virtual environment. These projects allow students the opportunity to be involved in the development of software for modern controls, embedded systems, power electronics and industrial drive control systems.

Industrial needs for engineering education

The lab addresses the needs of the industry to have engineers educated in the principles and applications of state-of-the-art sensing and control technologies, embedded systems, and electric drive technologies. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria have recognized that a well developed laboratory is a key for preparing a modern technologies workforce. This laboratory introduces students to electromechanical system modeling, sensing and controls, embedded motor drives technologies, data acquisition, and computer programming. Thus, crossing the traditional border between electrical/computer and mechanical engineering.

Communication skills

To improve student competencies in communication skills and teamwork. The lab components consciously focus on these skill areas through team-oriented, project-based, interdisciplinary projects and experiments. This has become a critical issue in the preparation of the nation’s technical workforce.

Research skills

To develop among engineering students a better appreciation for the need for lifelong learning. The competition project in the laboratory encourages students to look at resources outside the classroom and learn the skills necessary to research topics on their own.

Assessment

To include assessment of the learning objectives for the developed laboratory according to department assessment process-based ABET criteria. Focus groups are used as one of the assessment methods. The assessment result is used to further improve the laboratory facility.

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