Monday, February 14, 2011

New Edition of Shetty's Book, Mechatronics System Design

The new edition of the book Mechatronics System Design, authored by Devdas Shetty, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of Research at the University of Hartford, and Richard Kolk, Senior Vice President of Technology, Pace Controls, was released at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky in summer 2010.

This book is used as a textbook in the area of mechatronics at the University of Hartford as well as several universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Competing in a global market requires the adaptation of modern technology to yield flexible, multifunctional products that are better, cheaper and intelligent. Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, and information technology, which includes control systems as well as numerical methods used to design products with built-in intelligence. The importance of mechatronics is evidenced by the myriad of smart products that we take for granted in our daily lives, from the wall climbing robots to advanced flight control systems and multifunctional precision machines.

This book blends the pertinent aspects of mechatronics -- system modeling, simulation, sensors, actuation, real-time computer interfacing, and control -- into a single unified result suitable for use in the college-level mechatronics curriculum. The international edition of the book is expected in December 2010. The interdisciplinary approach taken in this book provides the technical background needed in the design of a mechatronic product.


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