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BS in Robotics Engineering

At a Glance

Robotics Engineering combines electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and many STEM fields to solve real-world problems and covers an area of engineering impacting nearly every aspect of our lives today.

Full Time
Rolling Admission

Degrees Offered

Total Credits

Bachelor of Science

131

Overview

With advanced equipment and brand-new collaborative spaces, students will master foundational industry skills prior to graduation through CETA's robotics engineering program.

Students will experience core areas of robotics including sensors, actuators, mobile processors, computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as fundamental principles of perception, localization, locomotion, and control of advanced mechanisms. Current multidisciplinary research efforts related to robotics in CETA cover not only ground vehicles but also underwater and aerial vehicle domains.

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About the Major

Students collaborating with hands-on robotics project.

Our robotics program offers an innovative approach to hands-on learning. The productive curriculum prepares students to fulfill the growing and expected demands for entry-level careers. The immersive programming will teach students key aspects of robotics principles, designs, and operations. Our two fully-equipped robotics laboratories contain various state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, including Baxter, a multifunctional and articulated manufacturing robot.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program will be prepared to work for industry-leading companies around the world such as:

  • Robotics: ABB, KUKA, or Fanuc.
  • Automobile: BMW, Toyota, or Hyundai.
  • Global aerospace, defense, and security: Lockheed Martin, or Raytheon
  • Factory automation or advanced manufacturing: Epson, Denso, or Wittmann Battenfeld Group.

Students can also pursue Robotics Research Institutes at companies like Toyota Research Institute, Bosch, Disney Research, NASA, DARPA, and more.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the program below:

Interdisciplinary Focus

Engineering students working hands-on with robotics equipment completing group project.

Robotics is an interdisciplinary study that combines electrical circuits, mechanics, real-time controls, and computer science into intelligent robot systems. Students will receive a diverse educational experience from various topics such as but not limited to:

Electrical Engineering

Circuit Design, Digital Devices, Micro-controller, Signal Processing, Control Systems, Communication

Mechanical Engineering

2D/3D Modeling, Manufacturing, Kinematics/Statics, Dynamics, Mechatronics

Computer Science

Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision

Degree Requirements

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Core Classes

  • ROBO 201 | Introduction to Robotics
  • ROBO 301 | Robotics and Automation
  • M 366 | Engineering Probability and Statistics
  • ECE 382 | Sensors, Transducers, and Data Acquisition
  • ROBO 402 | Robotic Systems and Programming

Electives

Students in the robotics engineering program are encouraged to take technical electives, as well as UIS - University Interdisciplinary Studies electives.

Stephen DeRosa

BSME/Robotics, 2019

DeRosa moved to Houston, TX shortly after graduation to work at the Johnson Space Center on future robotic systems to be used in space exploration. Stephen credits the University’s Robotics Club for being home to some of his most valuable experiences at UHart.

The club provided me and many other students an opportunity to work on multidisciplinary projects that we otherwise would not have had the opportunity to work on. It's helped me not only learn skills outside of my major but what skills I will need to learn to have a successful career in robotics.

Additional Opportunities

Faculty Co-Advisors: Kiwon Sohn and Akin Tatoglu

UHART Robotics Club works on various ongoing projects in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence and real-time control systems (such as humanoids, mobile robots, industrial robots, service robots and drones). Members of this organization also participate in the following research groups:

Every year, more than 50 students from multiple majors (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science) work in the team. They range from first year to graduate students.

Dedicated to learning, personal growth, knowledge creation, and the betterment of society, the University engages students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in and contribute to a pluralistic, complex world. Learn more and apply.

Our mechanical engineering program encompasses various areas within the field through its six concentrations. You have the option to pursue your BS in mechanical engineering with a robotics concentration.

As the demand for “smart” factories and automation is increasing, so does the need for robots. With our robotics concentration, you will be in an intellectually stimulating and project-based environment, learning to program and operate robots and autonomous vehicles. Emphasis is placed on helping you understand the design of robots, modeling their dynamic control systems, and interfacing sub-systems with sensors, actuators, and controllers. Learn more.

Accreditation

The robotics engineering curriculum is designed to meet all requirements for accreditation by ABET. The University of Hartford expects to apply for this accreditation following the graduation of the first student from the program.

Practicing – During their careers, robotics engineering graduates will become successful and ethical practicing engineers or pursue another career that makes use of engineering principles, professional skills, and ethics;

Contributing – During their careers, robotics engineering graduates will become contributing members of diverse multidisciplinary teams and successfully apply the fundamentals of their educational background;

Developing – During their careers, robotics engineering graduates will pursue professional development, including continuing or advanced education, relevant to their career path.

The student learning outcomes of the robotics engineering program leading to BSRE degree are aligned with the student learning outcomes of ABET EAC (1 through 7), and prepare graduates of the program to attain the program educational objectives.

  1. Solve: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Design: An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate: An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Ethics & Impact: An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Teamwork: An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Test & Assess: An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Learn & Apply: An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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