Course Overview

Through a significant project experience, students will learn to integrate analysis, qualitative design, quantitative optimization, experiments, and simulations to improve their ability to engineer real systems. In each section of the course, students will work in small multidisciplinary teams to design and to build a mechatronic system of their own choosing. Each project must include both a nontrivial mechanical system design and a nontrivial electronic system design involving both hardware and software components. Projects will be subject to realistic materials, process, and budgetary constraints.

This course builds upon many semesters of iteration after Brad Minch developed it. Previous PoE instructors that influenced this semester are: Mark Chang, Oscar Mur-Miranda, Gui Cavalcanti, Amon Millner, and Chris Murphy.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Work effectively as a member of a project team.
  • Develop design concepts and create technical specifications that address defined needs.
  • Balance trade-offs and make defensible choices among design alternatives.
  • Use modern tools to construct mechatronic systems.
  • Assess and select appropriate components for mechatronic circuits and systems.
  • Use written, oral, and graphical communication to convey design ideas and solutions, electronic system analyses, and experimental results.
  • Undertake an iterative prototyping process to improve design ideas.

Prerequisite: ENGR 1110.


The following elements will determine your grade:
3 Lab assignments (done in pairs)
1 Project (done in teams of 4)

More course information via the syllabus.


Presentation Slides

Past Projects

Art Generator
A Churro Robot
A Dodgeball Machine
Fly High - Kinect-controlled Dirigible
Swarm Bots


Aaron Hoover (Sec. 1)
Drew Bennett (Sec. 2)
Siddhartan Govindasamy (Sec. 3)

To email all instructors use: poe{dot}instructors{at}olin{dot}edu

Office hours:
All office hours by appointment

Course Assistants

Forrest Bourke
Evan Dorsky
Lauren Froschauer
Joe Kochevar
Saarth Mehrotra
Adela Wee

Ninja office hours

Lauren and Saarth
Saturdays, 3-5pm in AC306

Sundays, 2-4pm in AC306

Meeting time / room

S1 - Tue., Fri 10:50 - 12:30 AC306

S2 - Tue., Fri 10:50 - 12:30 AC309

S3 - Tue., Fri 1:30 - 3:10 AC306

Classroom Survey

Take a survey about the physical space configuration in AC306