companies, it is a luxury to just have one engineer who does one
single job; they need people who are like Swiss army knives and who
can at least learn what to do when facing problems. The problems
they experience can’t be put in boxes as just a mechanical problem, a
software problem or an electrical problem, often it’s a combination of
these things in real life,” he says.
The cross disciplinary approach that the students learn by working
hands-on with prototypes is a very relevant approach in relation to
digitalization and the development of smart or intelligent products.
“So our course gives the students a real perspective on what is
happening in industry and in society. Some of my former students are
now hired in companies, where they face the same problems. Hearing
aids, for example, are not a mechanical or an electronical product
anymore, and they connect to the internet and communicate with other
devices. Even conservative companies are considering how they can
make their products smarter. We need to act on this development,”
concludes Ali Gürcan Özkil.
Presentation of the new prototypes, 3D printed wireless speakers, manufactured by the students in the BSc course “Mechatronics Engineering Design”, where
Associate Professor Ali Gürcan Özkil is course responsible.
See examples of prototypes from the course Mechatronics Engineering Design:
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