Dr. Mo-Yuen Chow

Dr. Mo-Yuen Chow

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: 919-515-7360
Fax: 919-515-5523
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ECE 556 Mechatronics

3 Credit Hours

The study of electro-mechanical systems controlled by microcontroller technology. The theory, design and construction of smart systems; closely coupled and fully integrated products and systems. The synergistic integration of mechanisms, materials, sensors, interfaces, actuators, microcontrollers, and information technology.


Undergraduate courses in field of study (ECE308 Elements of Control or equivalent at NCSU) or consent of instructor.

Course Objectives

This course has been designed to:

  • Expose students to several “Basic Mechatronics Concepts and Techniques”.
  • Learn how to use Mechatronics via microprocessor based PID control for Autonomous Vehicle control (class project).
  • Learn and have hands-on experience of Mechatronics and Control.

Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: Assigned

EXAMINATIONS: Two (2) exams


MATLAB is accessible through the Virtual Computing Lab if you have a high speed internet connection. A Student version can be purchased from Mathworks This course will introduce how to use this software.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Each online student should obtain the following:

One LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set (Item # 5003400, Price: $411.95 per kit)

Two EV3 Color Sensors (Item # 45506, Price: $41.99 per sensor)

PROJECTS: One project

Textbook (Optional)

David G. Alciatore, Michael B. Histand, Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, 4th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0-07-338023-0.

W. Bolton, Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, 4/e, Prentice Hall, 2009, ISBN 978-0132407632.