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Farid Golnaraghi, one of the continent's foremost authorities on mechatronic systems engineering, says it produces a simpler and more efficient way of designing and building products.

Farid Golnaraghi, one of the continent's foremost authorities on mechatronic systems engineering, says it produces a simpler and more efficient way of designing and building products.

Creating a new breed of engineers-Mechatronics

March 21, 2007

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Mechatronics, a new engineering program designed for a growing high-tech world, is coming to SFU's Surrey campus. Mechatronic systems engineering combines mechanical, electrical and computer, and software engineering, says program director Farid Golnaraghi. Its unique engineering philosophy and practice produces a simpler and more efficient way of designing and building products such as digital cameras or anti-lock brakes, he says.

The bachelor degree program, one of the first of its kind in North America, aims to produce well-rounded engineers who can meet the changing demands of their field. A minimum of three semesters of co-operative education will also give students a chance to work in the industry.

Students will participate in projects that blend business concepts with engineering training. In fact, the real-world business and communication training is what will make SFU's mechatronics stand out above other engineering programs. "Students will be encouraged to conceive, design, and develop products in collaboration with industry," Golnaraghi says.

Golnaraghi was most recently at the University of Waterloo, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic and Smart Material Systems. Find out more by contacting ensc-adm@sfu.ca.

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