Student Outcomes

Students graduating from the Mechatronics Engineering Department at AAST will be expected and prepared to exercise the skills and abilities that are listed below

Outcome A: Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

Mechatronics students possess the basic mathematical and scientific fundamentalknowledge needed in the areas of calculus, differential equations, computer programming, general chemistry, industrial process chemistry, physics, and materials science. Students will formulate and solve mathematical models describing the behavior and performance of mechanical and thermo-fluid systems and processes. They also apply the basic scientific and engineering principles to analyze the performance of these systems.

Outcome B: Ability to design and conduct experiments, collect, analyze and interpret data

Mechatronics students will be able to perform experiments, analyze the results and interpret the significance of these results. The student will be able to design an experiment to accomplish a general objective or test a hypothesis. This outcome is met by several courses in the Mechatronics Engineering program. Mechatronics students will be able to

• Define the experiment objectives.

• Describe and conduct the experiment according to lab safety regulations.

• Interpret and analyze data in scientific manner.

• Conclude and defend the experiment results.

Outcome C: An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic,  environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

Mechatronics students will be able to:

• Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs

• Modify a system or a process and components to meet design specifications (more applicable to local industry).

Outcome D: An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

Students will demonstrate the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams both in the Mechatronics Engineering Program CR. 3-2 academic and industrial environments. In general, multi-disciplinary teams are experienced during the practical training where engineers, technologists and technicians of different disciplines are working together. Additionally, students work in teams during the senior graduation project and laboratory segment of other courses.

Outcome E: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

Mechatronics students can identify engineering problems, formulate and solve them. This entails stating and defining the problem, collecting data, applying physical laws, devising and developing the solution, and evaluating the results. Students will demonstrate their ability to solve engineering problems in a number of courses as described in Table (5.3).

Outcome F: An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

Mechatronics students are expected to perform in an ethical manner at all times. No instance of academic misconduct will be tolerated. Students will demonstrate their understanding of professional ethics and responsibilities mainly in such course as Industrial Relations (IM 111), Manufacturing Technology (IM 112), Maintenance Planning (ME521), etc. In addition, students will be exposed to industrial code of ethics and practice professional conduct during their practical training experience (IM400).

Outcome G: An ability to communicate effectively

Mechatronics students will be able to write and speak English as manifested by passing the College of Engineering and Technology English courses (Composition, Technical Writing, and Oral Presentation). Students will also be able to design and write technical reports and make oral presentations using the appropriate tools. Several courses offered in the Mechatronics Engineering program are involved with this outcome like senior projects ME501 and ME503 and term projects offered in several courses.

Outcome H: The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

Mechatronics students will be aware of the impact of the development and practice of Mechatronics nengineering on the Egyptian society and the international community. This outcome is being emphasized in Practical Training, Senior Project, and Introduction to Engineering courses. An example for this is the study of the effect of pollution on the local environment and on the global community which is well covered in NE 466 Environmental Science & Tech.

Outcome I: Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning

Mechatronics students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills for lifelong learning. This will include mastery of the use of library and Internet resources. Students will be assessed by demonstrating their ability to perform literature and Internet information searches in many program courses particularly the senior projects. Mechatronics Engineering Program CR. 3-3

Outcome J: Knowledge of contemporary issues within and outside the Mechatronics engineering profession

Mechatronics Engineering students will be aware of the contemporary issues such as health, safety, quality and the impact of utilization of renewable energy sources on the environment, as well as some problems facing the development and practice of Mechatronics Engineering. In addition, they will be aware of emerging technologies such as those related to modern data acquisition and control systems.

Outcome K: An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for mechanical engineering practice

Mechatronics students will be able to use current technology to solve engineering problems. This will include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, numerical, software packages and internet skills. The student will also be competent in the use of modern measuring equipment and, software packages through laboratory experience.