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NSF ATE Mechatronics Community Exchange (MCE)

MCE Resources Google Drive (Click Here)

2017-2018 Incoming Student Survey for A.S./A.A.S. Programs in Mechatronics, Engineering Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Automation, etc  (Click here)

2017-2018 Incoming Student Survey for A.S/A.A.S. Programs PDF version can be previewed / downloaded here:  2017-18 Incoming Student Survey SurveyMonkey.pdf

PathTech Life, an NSF ATE research project (#1501999) is recruiting 2-year programs to participate in their student survey.  Students can earn $25 for completing the survey and colleges that get an agreed upon number of student participants will get a college report of their student responses. This is a national survey for Engineering Technology-related 2-year students. You can view preliminary data on FLATE wiki.

For more information or to join our email list, contact FLATE  at (813) 259-6578, or


The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing, is the go-to organization for manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources supporting the high performance skilled workforce for Florida’s manufacturing sectors. FLATE provides exemplary industry partnerships, workforce opportunity, and educational synergy throughout the state of Florida by connecting industry and workforce needs to targeted educational endeavors at many community and state colleges across Florida.

NSF ATE Grant # 1204751



This project at Virginia Western Community College will increase the number of American mechatronics engineers. Mechatronics engineering concerns systems that integrate electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Many modern technologies such as manufacturing, robotics, and automated equipment involve mechatronics design and maintenance. Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) is conducting a project called the Partnership for Advanced Career Education in Mechatronics Engineering (PACE ME). This effort will improve the degree of collaboration between community college faculty, technical educators, and industry to help achieve effective mechatronics education. Mechatronics engineering is an area with a growing need for appropriately-skilled engineers and technicians.

NSF ATE Grant # 1400571



Grants supporting the MCE:



The goal of the CollaborATE project is to develop an Associate's Degree in Mechatronics incorporating pathways from local high schools into the degree offering at the College of Lake County, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Anne Arundel Community College. The project will design and develop low-cost laboratory trainers and offer professional development opportunities for high school faculty to adopt components of the curriculum at their respective high schools. The curriculum will be aligned to specific skills needed in the industry and shared and disseminated to high schools and colleges across the nation.

NSF ATE Grant # 1601172

HI-TEC has several Mechatronics workshops and sessions!  Come to the HI-TEC Conference and celebrate Mechatronics Education and HI-TEC's 10th Year!

Have a great summer but COME BACK in SEPTEMBER!   We will resume our MCE calls, tentatively starting FRIDAY SEPT 7 or SEPT 14.

We hope to see you at HI-TEC for the many Mechatronics and manufacturing sessions there!


Archive spring 2018 MCE meetings

All calls are Fridays 11am-12pm (Eastern time):  NOTE new meeting time (11 am EASTERN)


July 13, 2018

Advanced Automation, Robotics and Manufacturing Education for 21st Century Workforce.   APPLY HERE!   For more information: Email Dr. Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh  or call 979 845.4985. Travel stipend available!

Sept 30, 2018 The Future of Mechatronics Education Workshop at ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (ATLANTA)


2pm EASTERN   

May 31, 2018

Mechatronics Education Webinar:  Growth and Evolution of 2-Year Mechatronics Programs

February 2, 2018

Student Mechatronics and ET projects. Share your best projects and why they work. How do you assess them?

Click here for the recording  SESSION RECORDING LINK

March 23, 2018

CLICK HERE for the recording 

We will share the remote mechatronics system set up by Dr. Tony Hsieh (TAMU) set up with San Antonio College with his recent NSF ATE grant.

Sheng-Jen (''Tony") Hsieh 
Director, Rockwell Automation Lab 
Professor, Dept. of Engineering Technology 
(Joint appointment with Mechanical Engineering Department) 
Texas A&M University, College Station 
Honorary International Chair Professor - National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech)

April 27, 2018

Click here for the SKYPE meeting recording:  

May 31, 2018

Mechatronics Education Webinar:  Growth and Evolution of 2-Year Mechatronics Programs 


2017 Archive

September 29, 2017: recording

October 27, 2017:    videos

AACC's Low Cost Trainer video 2. Solidworks files & Bill of materials can be found here:

Skype for Business Tips:

· Use web version instead of the mobile application.

· Adjust camera settings in control panel as necessary.

· Use a headset if available and keep your connection on mute when you are not talking.


Mechatronics Moments & Roadmap to Building a Community of Practice

In the fall of 2015, FLATE started an informal monthly Mechatronics Community Exchange (MCE) as monthly conference calls for a few mechatronics focused faculty across the country. Growing out of the FLATE sponsored annual HI-TEC conference “Mechatronics Moments” reception the regular exchange is becoming a real Community of Practice with participants sharing questions about curriculum, equipment, applications, certification, alignment with Fab Lab activities and many other related topics. The MCE can potentially help new programs in their start-up phases, existing programs upgrade equipment and curriculum as well share tips about how best to help students meet their learning objectives.

The MCE is planning its future in hopes to:

  • Identify critical topics or issues important to Mechatronics program practitioners

  • Provide inbound delivery of Mechatronics resources, techniques and expertise to enrich program startups and major enhancements to improve practitioner productivity

  • Integrate MCE with other FLATE Mechatronics offerings

  • Become a facilitated forum to identify related needs and the means to fulfill them

  • Provide a portal for selected resources and curriculum for program practitioners using concierge support model

  • Be a vehicle for program practitioners to share their programs, resources and ideas via a central repository and regular communication

In the months ahead, FLATE hopes to transform the MCE learning pilot into: an ongoing sponsored program; refine the MCE model and best practices; selectively add new MCE partners; document the monthly MCE teleconferences, and evaluate the project’s impact.