Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2017 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings



Conference Name

2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, Ohio, June 24-28, 2017


Learning is integrative lifelong process which requires continuous refreshing of old material and learning new material. This principle holds also for student experiences during their undergraduate studies. Students learn new material throughout their studies, and they may or may not have opportunity to use the material in different context and at different levels. As a result some of the acquired knowledge may be forgotten by the time student graduates or it may not be placed in the context of the overall program outcomes, thus material presented may not seem to have relevance to student's career. An effective method to address this issue is a required capstone course that combines a number of different disciplines into a single comprehensive experience. In addition to required capstone experience, authors have collaborated in development of an elective course on modeling and simulation of mechatronic systems. The course introduces modern computer tools and techniques which integrates number of different areas including statics, strength of materials, dynamics, electrical systems, fluid systems, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, thermal systems, and control systems. The course provides several benefits including review of material covered at different stages of the undergraduate program, connecting different fields by analyzing mechatronic systems, and introduction to the tools that enable students to solve real world problems that cannot be solved analytically. Although some courses introduce the basics of modern computer tools, most do not have sufficient time to devote to modern computer tools. Hence, the introduction of a modeling and simulation course of mechatronic systems in the engineering technology program provides an opportunity to further improve the quality of the program and satisfy a number of ABET related learning outcomes.


© 2017 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Columbus, Ohio, June 24-28, 2017.

Original Publication Citation

Tomovic, M., Tomovic, C., Jovanovic, V. M., Lin, C. Y., Yao, N., & Katsioloudis, P. J. (2017). Integrative experiences through modeling and simulation of mechatronic systems. Paper presented at the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.


0000-0002-0938-4237 (Tomovic, M.), 0000-0002-4292-4039 (Tomovic, C.), 0000-0002-8626-903X (Jovanovic), 0000-0003-3288-6750 (Katsioloudis)