Robotics engineering: A new discipline for a new century

Michael Ciaraldi, Eben Cobb, David Cyganski, Michael Demetroiu, Greg Fischer, Michael Gennert, Fred Looft, William Michalson, Bradley Miller, Taskin Padir, Yiming Rong, Kenneth Stafford, Gretar Tryggvason, James Van De Ven

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In the spring of 2007, Worcester Polytechnic Institute introduced a BS degree program in Robotics Engineering. The motivation for the program was two-fold: it addresses the needs of the rapidly growing robotics industry and provides a professional career path matched to growing student interest as demonstrated by numerous high school robotics competitions. The program is a collaborative effort between the departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and relies in part on already existing courses. The core curriculum, however, consists of five new "unified robotics engineering" courses. Although Robotics Engineering is not recognized as a distinct engineering field by ABET, the program is designed so that it can be accredited under the "General Engineering" ABET criteria. The new major is already very popular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2009Jun 17 2009


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