- Feb 3, 2016
Faculty and student researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) are developing methods to better analyze the effects of flavorings used in electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).Feb 2, 2016
Rochester Institute of Technology’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, known for its focus on cooperative education, has now embarked on what it calls a “reverse cooperative experience” offering practicing mechanical and electrical engineers an opportunity to earn a certificate in mechatronics engineering.Nov 12, 2015
We are so proud of Jared Green for winning first place in the 3rd Annual Effective Access Technology Conference Poster Competition!!! Congratulations Jared!Nov 6, 2015Mechanical Engineering Academy Induction 2015
Thomas "Buzz" Maiuri '74 and Jeremy Gerevics '05 were chosen this year to be indcuted in to the Mechanical Engineering Academy during Brick City Weekend. They both have demonstrated exemplary Professional careers and achievements. Congratulations Buzz and Jeremy!
- Oct 30, 2015Hot Wheelz news
The all-female Formula SAE Electric race team of undergraduate engineering students from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering traveled to the Curtis Power Mount Kisco Facility for a day of training. The team learned CAN communications and much more to help them integrate donated Curtis products into their EV racing project. In May 2016 the team will compete in the Formula Hybrid (Electric only category) event in Loudon, New Hampshire. Thank you Curtis Power for your support!Oct 23, 2015
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Aleed Mahmud is featured by ASME for his hard work and dedication to making a difference. His senior design project was a hands on experience that helped launch his career. Click on the picture to read more!Oct 22, 2015
Dr. Marca Lam-Anderson has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award by the Society of Women Engineers. The award will be given to her at the WE15, the world's largest conference for women Engineers on Oct. 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Congratulations Dr. Lam!!
- Oct 20, 2015
Congratulations to Anthony Hennig!! He received the John R. Sevier Memorial Scholarship for dedication to education and advancements in aerospace technology based on his work at NASA Langley Research Center and RIT SPEX from the Universities Space Research Association.Jan 27, 2015
Linda Burns, who works as an engineering supervisor, knows that the brakes of a truck can involve much more than simply stepping on a pedal.
The brake system for many vehicles has become a complexity of sensors and computers that can automatically slow down a vehicle when its mechanisms detect that the wheels are sliding on the pavement.
Burns is one of a dozen employees from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, based in Elyria, Ohio, who have spent this week at Rochester Institute of Technology’s new laboratory.
Called the Knorr-Bremse North America Mechatronics Laboratory, this addition to RIT’s engineering program has its dedication ceremony on Friday. The lab is located in a former classroom on the first floor at Gleason Hall on RIT’s campus in Henrietta. At the lab’s work stations, the Bendix engineers have done tasks that require a familiarity with both electrical and mechanical engineering. This combination of disciplines is referred to as mechatronics and has become increasingly important as more mechanical devices become dependent on computers and sensors.
“The key is that systems are becoming smarter,” said Edward Hensel, associate dean for research and graduate studies at RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The establishment of a lab, which was completed last fall, emerged from discussions that RIT officials had with Bendix representatives when they were on campus three years ago for a career fair. “It’s an example of how RIT listens to the industries that hire our graduates. We identified skills that engineers in the workplace need to have that weren’t being offered,” Hensel said.
The need for skilled professionals who have a high-tech knowledge to go along with their basic mechanical skills has carried over to Monroe Community College establishing a program to train technicians to troubleshoot problems in servicing advanced manufacturing production equipment.
“We are looking to roll out the first of a series of courses in the fall,” said Ross Micali, program manager in MCC’s Economic Development & Innovative Workforce Services division. Students in the MCC program can either earn a mechatronics certificate or an associate’s degree in applied integrated technology.
Meeting workforce needs
Mechatronic programs are intended to have a workforce better prepared for a high-tech economy. The RIT lab is expected to be used by other industries, and not just in the transportation field. It also will be available for courses taught to RIT students — and already has been used by an undergraduate engineering class on measurements.
A broad range of engineering skills is important in the transportation industry because tasks previously done by mechanical engineers also require the skills of electrical engineers versed in sensors and computers.
Brake systems are a prime example. “In a traditional setting, the electrical engineers would be responsible for the sensors and computer systems, and mechanical engineers would be responsible for air systems and the physical braking systems,” said Hensel. “Today we need to couple those much more closely together,” Hensel noted. “They need to learn more about each other’s disciplines.”
Burns, 35, the Bendix supervisor, is a mechanical engineer wanting the RIT certificate program to teach more about electrical engineering. “It gives me the opportunity to do more hands-on applications,” said Burns about the value of the five days in the new lab.
At one of the work stations, a push rod that causes the vehicle to brake is activated when compressed air is released by a brake pedal. The air flows through tubes from one of the tanks into a brake chamber. But another device at the work station electrically triggers the brake, which on the road would kick in if a wheel of the vehicle was sliding. “This allows everything to be visualized,” said Phillip Kasper, 31, a Bendix electrical engineer taking the lab course.
Bendix donated most of the equipment in the lab. The Bendix engineers at the lab this week are in an RIT certificate program in mechatronics and already have taken online engineering courses from RIT. The five-day lab is the culmination of the certificate program.
In the new semester, a group mostly from New York Air Brake, which is based in Watertown, will begin taking online courses in the mechatronics certificate program.
Bendix and New York Brake are members of the Knorr-Bremse Group, based in Munich Germany, and have donated more than $70,000 to the RIT lab. Knorr-Bremse is a manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles.
Other companies have expressed an interest in the program. Equipment in the lab could be modified, for example, so that a company making washing machines could give its engineers training in mechatronics, Hensel noted. The modern-day washing machine involves much more than mechanically setting a timer. Sensors can stop the machine or signal that the machine is unbalanced. “We are programming knowledge into mechanisms to make decisions on the fly,” said Hensel about the importance of engineers to be well-versed in various disciplines.