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  • Policy Number: SP.10.011
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Peter Smith
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
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After completing the courses in the minor, students will be able to explain the interaction between hardware and software. They will be able to describe the role of an operating system in managing the resources of a computer. On the hardware side they will be able to build, test and use analog and digital circuits. They will be able to demonstrate the role of electronics in data acquisition, metrology and control of devices. On the software side they will be able to design, implement and test algorithms in both C and a representative assembly language.  They will build one or more robotics systems, directly experiencing the challenges and solutions such an implementation requires. 


Robotics is a $6 billion industry expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2030. Applications include manufacturing, farming, national security, health care, aerospace, mining, STEM education, and the military.

In the next 15 years there will be a shortage of American workers with only 40 million workers available to fill the jobs vacated by 70 million retirees.  Robotics can help offset this problem.

The need for Robotics Engineering is here and will continue to rapidly increase.  We can offer a multidiscipline niche minor reflecting an important industrial STEM emphasis at no additional cost.  Additionally, 6th through 12th grades are now offering robotics activities for their students.  We have support from the agricultural, military, and aerospace communities plus interest from high schools today, and expect support from the medical/health community shortly.



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