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Master of Science in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering

Lawrence Technological University's Master of Science in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering (formerly Master of Science in Mechatronic Systems Engineering) provides the advanced skills students need to succeed in the rapidly changing world of engineering. Whether you are just beginning your career or are an experienced practicing professional, the Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering program at Lawrence Tech can prepare you for an exciting future in a variety of technical and research fields.

Designed for busy students, all classes are conveniently scheduled in the evenings. In keeping with the University’s motto of theory and practice, you will participate in real-world projects throughout your studies.

The Mechatronic Systems Laboratory is equipped with:

  • high-tech sensors and actuators
  • hydraulic and pneumatic test stands with different types of controllers
  • Industry standard computer software
  • the unique 4 x 4 vehicle chassis dynamometer

You will have the opportunity to participate in international research collaboration efforts with universities and professional societies, as well as applied research projects with industry and research organizations.

Mechatronic Graduate students

Shalaka Nayak, MSMSE’18Shalaka Nayak, MSMSE’18, said she has a “fascination to get things to work without any human intervention, in short automate things… the mechatronics systems program provides me with a platform to showcase my interest and also develop my knowledge and skills in not only electrical and electronic controls but also mechanical controls.”

Now working in an automotive automation industry as a controls engineer, Nayak said the course schedule also makes it convenient for working students.

“The program is clearly laid out for every student to take the courses at their ease and learn at their own pace. As most master’s students are working professionals, most of the lectures are scheduled in the evenings which allows one to combine work and studies without any difficulties."

Daniel Hodges, MSMSE’19Daniel Hodges, MSMSE’19a 20-year veteran of the engineering field, has recently completed the program. He enrolled in mechatronics to stay up-to-date on this evolving industry. Up-ended by the recession in 2009, he went through three downsizing events, but now looks forward to a recharged start.

“My career goal is to strategically lead my organization to innovative solutions which enrich our customers in ways that they don’t even know that they need yet. For that, I needed a graduate degree, especially in this global labor market,” he said. “I chose mechatronics because I needed more tools to fully explore creative solutions and to create adaptive systems. I am excited about what I now know I can do.”

Curriculum Flowchart [PDF]

Core Courses

MRE 5183 Mechatronic Systems I
MRE 6183 Mechatronic Systems II
MRE 5323 Modern Control Systems
EEE 5534 Digital Control Systems
EME 5253 Engineering Analysis I
EME 5333 Advanced Dynamics
EME 5213 Mechanical Vibrations

Thesis or Electives

EME 6913 Master's Thesis I/II/III
5xx3 / 6xx3
5xx3 / 6xx3
5xx3 / 6xx3

Educational Objectives

During the course of study, students are expected to:

  1. Learn and apply mechatronic engineering principles and theories.
  2. Develop analytical and problem solving skills for mechatronic systems.
  3. Evaluate technical mechatronic engineering publications.
  4. Effectively communicate technical information.
  5. Understand the importance of lifelong learning and the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.

Control system design is typically taught through control diagrams. These diagrams succinctly define all of the necessary information needed to identify and control a system, but it can be hard to gain an intuitive understanding of a control system through examination of the diagrams alone. Hands on experimentation, with laboratory components such as an inverted pendulum and servo table, can provide students with experience to complement knowledge gained through lectures and homework. Unfortunately, laboratory equipment is large and expensive, and universities more than ever must find ways to reduce capital expenditures.

David Bowden, MSMSE'19, under the direction of Dr. James A. Mynderse, developed a small, low-cost take home kit, which uses model-based design (MBD) throughout to create a hardware-in-loop (HIL) tester for an inverted pendulum. The kit gives students a tool to develop, simulate, and test  a controller prior to connecting to the inverted pendulum in the classroom. Providing development kits to each student in the classroom can reduce allow fewer inverted pendulums to be shared among more students and improve student learning.

David published his work at the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. He completed his thesis and graduated with an MS in Mechatronic Systems Engineering in Summer 2019.

David Bowen (MSMSE '19)

David Bowen (MSMSE '19)


Admission to the MSMRE program as a regular graduate student requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:

  1. Submission of the Online Application for Graduate Admission;
  2. Official transcripts of all college work*;**
  3. Resume
  4. A minimum of one Letter of Recommendation (employers and professors are preferred);
  5. Statement of Purpose (Optional, 1 page)

*Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution -or- a non-U.S. degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from a college or university of government recognized standing.

**A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Robotics Engineering (or technical related field) (minimum GPA of 3.0);

The MSMRE program director and, if necessary, the Program Committee, may evaluate and consider applicants who do not meet all conditions for regular admission, for conditional admission.

Applicants must satisfy all prerequisite requirements before they can be granted official graduate status. The MSMRE program director will decide prerequisite requirements. Applications to the MSMRE program may be submitted at any time of the year, for matriculation during any future semester.



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