Mechatronics Research & Education Center (MeREC)
The mission of the Mechatronics Research & Education Center (MeREC) is evolve standards in mechatronics education, develop and deliver mechatronics course work for processionals, conduct mechatronics research, and expand the public awareness of mechatronics engineering.
To meet this mission, the following will be achieved:
- Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with Southern Polytechnic State University, other educational establishments, and industries involved in mechatronics to provide high quality research of mechatronics systems and processes.
- Work with professional societies and member companies to create education and certification standards in mechatronics.
- Work with other universities, research agencies, local authorities, industries, or individuals to clearly identify the need for mechatronics engineering.
- Deliver technology transfer through education and training courses.
Center Goals and Objectives
- Establish a nationally recognized mechatronics research program
MeREC will conduct a coordinated and extensive program of research to design, develop,
model, and evaluate new mechatronics systems, techniques, and test procedures. Research
will focus on improving manufacturing automation systems, health monitoring of systems
and processes, communication and networking between and within mechatronics systems,
and robotic techniques and applications. The research center will effectively seek
research funding and sponsors.
- Coordinate mechatronics standards for education and industry
MeREC will serve as a nucleus to drive mechatronics education standards through coordination
with academia and industry. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of mechatronics, accrediting
agencies and certificating organizations receive disparate guidance from many sources.
Being a relatively new field of education and practice in the United States, many
institutions and businesses are developing educational and training programs. MeREC
will seek to clarify the definitions and boundaries of mechatronics education and
create awareness for mechatronics educational opportunities.
- Provide educational and training courses to lab technicians/engineers
MeREC will become a center for mechatronics related technology transfer and will play
a key role in expanding certification and training for students, technicians, and
engineers involved in mechatronics. Supplementing classroom learning and laboratory
testing will prepare the current/future workforce for the technical challenges in
mechatronics design, implementation, and maintenance.