Google’s self-driving cars. IBM’s “Dr. Watson.” The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars 2020 Rover.Behind these huge technological leaps is mechatronics, an interdisciplinary field that mixes a wide array of engineering disciplines—mechanical, electrical, computer and software.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) “Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey,” mechatronics engineering majors were the highest-paid class of 2015 engineering graduates among those who received a bachelor’s degree.
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CSU Channel Islands will be the latest California State University campus to implement a mechatronics engineering program, which is planned to begin in September 2018. It was created in response to the demand for mechatronics engineers in Ventura County.
As a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) and with a student body that’s more than 50 percent female, the new program will also focus on increasing access to engineering for historically underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), says Michael Soltys, Ph.D., professor and chair of the computer science program.