Whitepapers

With years of proffessional experience in academia and industry, Quanser team members can offer valuable insights and expertise to the controls and engineering education commun

Building a Comprehensive Lab Sequence for Undergraduate Mechatronics Programs Mechatronics, by definition, requires hands-on labs. Recently, Quanser has introduced a series of new lab platforms that delivers a structured, easy to deploy, system and application focused approaches to undergraduate labs . These products respond to the growing concern that hobby component-based labs do not reconcile easily with the conventional engineering concepts presented in the core courses and are severely constrained in supporting more realistic or complex applications. This article describes the essential Quanser methodology and the principal technologies that offer a more comprehensive and contemporary approach the the lab sequence.

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Two Views on Real-World Skills That Engineering Graduates Need Representatives of industry and academia discuss the skills control engineering graduates need to become successful professionals. Do they need to know basic control techniques as well as the advanced ones? How important is hands-on learning? But the technical knowledge is just a part of the big picture. Educators need to nurture students' critical thinking, intuition, teamwork and communication skills - that's what in real-life turns a control engineer into a 'glue' element of the engineering team.

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Preparing Effective Global Engineers for Success The century ahead poses challenges as formidable as any from millennia past. Engineers are the worlds problem solvers, and the challenges we face suggest profound implications for higher engineering education. Only a concerted effort to educate engineers to be effective in a global setting will enable future generations to become a miraculous hybrid of global citizens, business strategists, policy makers and, of course, innovative engineers. In this whitepaper, Paul Gilbert, Quanser CEO, examines these points closer and explores a few cost-effective strategies universities could adopt to help develop and graduate more effective global engineers.

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Formula for Success Teaching today’s engineering students requires innovation itself, because they learn differently. Change is needed to teach them better but budgets are tight and tightening. Yet there is a spirit of co-operation afoot that could spell success for engineering colleges, helping them ‘out-compete tomorrow’. By pooling their resources, several engineering departments can create fewer but far better, more adaptable laboratories and give students wider experiences. In this whitepaper, Dr. Jacob Apkarian, Quanser Founder and CTO explains advantages of multi-disciplinary control laboratories and shares some examples.

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Why Can't Johny Design? Does engineering education need an overhaul? How do educators ensure the next generation of engineers is ready to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century? Dr. Tom Lee, Chief Education Officer at Quanser, offers insights into these all-important questions in a whitepaper originally published by EEWeb PULSE Magazine. Dr. Lee looks at the modern engineering curriculum and how it prepares - or doesn't prepare - students about to enter the industry, examines the undergraduate lab and outlines how it's changing to provide more effective learning, and finally looks at the challenge mathematics still presents to many students and suggests ways this problem can be addressed.

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The Quanser Platform for Control Systems Research Validation Control is one of the most broadly applicable modern engineering methodologies. Researchers in virtually all of the engineering disciplines apply its techniques to realize ever more complex engineering systems. Nevertheless, from a very practical perspective, it is often challenging to develop an effective research regimen that includes an advanced theoretical and algorithm framework and real-world implementation. Quanser devices offer a highly efficient platform for bridging this theory-implementation gap, allowing to adopt a framework of hardware in the loop (HIL) implementation of the control system that integrates a physical system (the plant) with dynamics of sufficient realism for physically relevant testing, and a real-time computational and modeling framework that allows for rapid testing of algorithms and concepts. Using such a combination, researchers are able to readily validate their research concepts with a physical system. In this whitepepar, Michel Levis, Quanser Application Engineer and Dr. Tom Lee, Chief Education Officer at Quanser, present an overview of theoretical and application research topics from various institutions that have deployed Quanser equipment to validate their research concepts.

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