By GHADEER ALARADI, Guest Writer
The University of Michigan-Dearborn will be offering a new program at the College of Engineering and Computer Science: Robotics Engineering.
The booming field and demand of robotics is what caused the program to emerge as a major.
“Now, at the dawn of the second generation, robots are becoming smaller, smarter, and most importantly, mobile,” said Yi Lu Murphey, professor at the CECS. Robotics has broadened their uses into other fields such as education, manufacturing, medicine, etc.
“In particular, the potential of robotics in healthcare is tremendous and may help reduce the looming costs of providing high quality medical care to an aging population,” she said.
Robotics as a career path has only recently emerged in the United States, and there are currently four other programs that are offering robotics in the country. Professor Murphey explained that students who are usually not interested in engineering are interested in robotics because of their experiences in high school.
“What interested me in robotics is the new technology being presented in it and the opportunities it presents, especially as a new field. It combines the knowledge of other engineering fields as well, such as electrical and computer engineering; there aren’t many fields like it,” said Rabab Alrayes, an engineering student who is interested in the field.
“Robotics is the natural intersection of my two interests. The software that controls the robots and the mechanics need to build it,” said Ken Yesh, the president of the Intelligent Systems Club, which promotes robotics throughout campus.
“The program is designed to educate students with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Engineering,” Murphey said.
“Robotics is a growing field, in fact a professor once told me that the field of robotics now is growing very similarly to the field of computers 25 years ago–and look how popular they turned out to be,” said Alrayes.