Robotics Option - Electrical Engineering BS

Overview for Robotics Option - Electrical Engineering BS

  • Immersive co-op experiences in companies and organizations that design robots and robotic devices, or develop, design, and implement robotic systems. 
  • Advanced course work and elective courses provide a deep understanding of robotics and robotic systems, including AI, machine learning, and more.
  • A two-semester multidisciplinary senior design project focused on designing, developing, implementing, or advancing robotics design or robotics systems.

Self-driving cars, military surveillance robots, surgical robots, robotic welding, smart manufacturing, and collaborative robots. These are all examples of robotics used in everyday life, where robots were developed to assist humans, work with humans, carry out jobs too dangerous for people, or perform tasks with an exact precision unattainable by humans.

The robotics option provides you with the theoretical and practical skills required to design robots and robotic devices. You’ll study advanced programming, design of robotic systems, kinematics and dynamics of robotics manipulators, mobile robots, intelligent robots, autonomous robots, localization and mapping, artificial intelligence, and more. The robotic option is part of the electrical engineering BS degree.

Advanced Courses in Robotics

The robotics option includes advanced elective courses designed to provide a depth of understanding in robotics and robotic systems, with elective courses such as Robotics Systems, Principles of Robotics, Advanced Robotics, and Biorobotics/Cybernetics. Students in the robotics option students may also take robotics-related elective courses such as Artificial Intelligence Explorations, Pattern Recognition, Digital Signal Processing, and Digital Image Processing.

Multidisciplinary Senior Design

Multidisciplinary Senior Design is a two-course sequence in your final year of study. It’s a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative team environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process. For this design project, you will apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom and from your co-op experiences. Students in the robotics option are expected to work on a design project that focuses on designing, developing, or advancing an aspect of robotics.


Careers and Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your engineering co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your engineering knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

All engineering majors are required to complete four blocks (48 weeks) of cooperative education experience. For students in the robotics option, you are encouraged to complete co-ops in companies and organizations that develop, design, or implement robotic systems. A sampling of companies that hire RIT students for co-ops and for full-time employment include Tesla, Boston Dynamics, Amazon Robotics, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Intel, iRobot, Johnson and Johnson, BAE Systems, General Motors, Vicor Corp, Argo AI, and more.

Admissions and Financial Aid

This program is STEM designated when studying on campus and full time.

This option is part of the electrical engineering BS. Please visit the degree program page for admission requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.

RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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