Zachary Seguin

MTE Courses

MTE 100 – Mechatronics Engineering

An introduction to mechatronics engineering and the engineering profession. Topics include the design process, project planning, data presentation, measurements and error, control logic, sensors and actuators, and intellectual property. Engineering graphics fundamentals of multi-view, isometric, oblique, and perspective projections are also covered while developing skills in computer-aided drawing (CAD), freehand sketching, and the interpretation of technical drawings. Professional development including résumé skills, interview skills, and preparation for co-op terms. A mechatronic design project/competition with small groups supplements the lecture material. [Offered: F]

MTE 100B – Seminar

Discussion of structure of Mechatronics Engineering curriculum, operation of department, faculty, university, technical societies. [Offered: W,S]

MTE 111 – Structure and Properties of Materials

The relevance of materials to engineering practice; the relationships between macroscopic physical properties (including mechanical, photonic, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties) and microscopic causes based on fundamental principles (including electronic and atomic structures, atomic bonding, crystal structure, and microstructure); description of the differences in macroscopic physical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, and composite materials in terms of microscopic causes. [Offered: W,S]

MTE 119 – Statics

Basic concepts of mechanics, vectors. Statics of particles. Rigid bodies and force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies. Analysis of trusses and frames. Distributed forces, centroids and moments of inertia. Friction. Internal shear and bending moments in beams.[Offered: W,S]

MTE 120 – Circuits

Basic electromagnetic theory; magnetic circuits; electric circuit elements; DC circuit analysis; first-order transient response; AC circuit analysis; Diodes; Transistors: regions of operation, single-transistor amplifiers [Offered: W,S]

MTE 140 – Algorithms and Data Structures

Algorithms and Data Structures emphasizes the following topics: structured software design data structures, abstract data types, recursive algorithms, algorithm analysis and design, sorting and searching, hashing, and problem-solving strategies. [Offered: W,S]

MTE 200A – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechatronics Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 200B – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechatronics Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: F,S]

MTE 201 – Experimental Measurement & Statistical Analysis

Measurement errors, calculations with unknown quantities, and error propagation. Sensitivity analysis. Techniques of sampling and statistical estimation. Introduction to sensors and data acquisition tools. Frequency distributions. Probability. Binomial, Poisson, normal distributions. Tests of hypotheses. Significance. The t-test and chi-squared test. Curve fitting by least squares. Correlation and regression. Design of experiments. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 202 – Ordinary Differential Equations

First Order Differential Equations; Direction Field; Separable Equations, Integrating Factors and Simple Transformations; Applications; Second and Higher Order ODE's with Constant Coefficients - Transient and Steady State Solutions; The Laplace Transform; Systems of Equations - reduction to single equation; Matrix Differential Equations; Introduction to Partial Differential Equations. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 203 – Advanced Calculus

Review of Vectors and Vector Operations; 3-D Analytic Geometry and Space Curves; Multivariable Calculus, including Partial Differentiation, Total Differential, Chain Rule, Directional Derivative, Gradient Operator, Maxima and Minima; Multiple Integrals - Surface Area, Volume and Moments of Inertia; Line and Surface Integrals; Vector Theorems; Complex Analysis including Limits, Analytic Functions, Complex Line Integral, Cauchy's Integral Formula; Fourier Series (real and complex) and Fourier Integrals. [Offered: F,S]

MTE 204 – Numerical Methods

Number Systems and Machine Errors; Roots of Non-Linear Equations; Matrix Calculations; Eigenvalue and Eigenvector Calculations; Interpolation and Approximation; Numerical Integration and Solution of ODE's (linear and non-linear) and systems of ODEs; Calculation of Series; Solution Methods for PDE's; Use of numeric and symbolic computing tools. [Offered: F,S]

MTE 219 – Mechanics of Deformable Solids

Introduction to mechanical response of materials and stress-strain relationships. Behaviour of prismatic members in tension, compression, shear, bending and torsion. Stress and strain transformations. Virtual work and energy methods. [Offered F,W]

MTE 220 – Sensors and Instrumentation

Review of circuit theory; input-output relationships, transfer functions and frequency response of linear systems; operational amplifiers, operational amplifier circuits using negative or positive feedback; diodes, operational amplifier circuits using diodes; analog signal detection, conditioning and conversion systems; transducers and sensors, difference and instrumentation amplifiers, active filters. [Offered: F,S]

MTE 241 – Introduction to Computer Structures & Real-Time Systems

Introduction to computer organization, basic real-time concepts, process management, interprocess communication and synchronization, memory management, resource management, interrupt handling, concurrent programming, file systems. [Offered: F,S]

MTE 262 – Introduction to Microprocessors and Digital Logic

Number systems, logic gates, Boolean algebra. Karnaugh maps and combinational logic design. Implementation of combinational logic circuits on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) boards. Sequential logic and state machines. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PLC programming using ladder logic and statement list. Microcomputer structure and operation, I/O, and interfacing and interrupts. Assembly language programming. Laboratory work includes microcomputer and PLC programming. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 300A – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechatronics Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: W,S]

MTE 300B – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechatronics Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 309 – Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Macroscopic approach to energy analysis. Energy transfer as work and heat, and the First Law of thermodynamics. Properties and states of simple substances. Control-mass and control-volume analysis. The essence of entropy, and the Second Law of thermodynamics. The Carnot cycle and its implications for practical cyclic devices. Introduction to heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Basic formulation and solution of steady and transient problems. Issues relevant to the cooling of electrical devices. [Offered: W,S]

MTE 320 – Actuators & Power Electronics

Review of circuit analysis & basic electromagnetic theory. Power electronics: power electronics circuits, H bridges, PWM control, interfacing, power amplifiers. DC servo & stepper motors, AC synchronous & induction motors. Transformers. Introduction to typical speed and torque control techniques of motors. [Offered: W,S]

MTE 322 – Electromechanical Machine Design

Design of mechanical motion transmission systems: gearing, couplings, belts and lead-screws; Sensing and measurement of mechanical motion, sensor selection; Electromechanical actuator selection and specification; PLCs and sequential controller design, digital I/O; Case studies. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 325 – Microprocessor Systems and Interfacing for Mechatronics Engineering

Synchronization and data flow; interfacing to sensors and actuators; microprocessor system architecture, parallel, serial, and analog interfacing; buses; direct memory access (DMA); interfacing considerations.

MTE 360 – Automatic Control Systems

Feedback control design and analysis for linear dynamic systems with emphasis on mechanical engineering applications; transient and frequency response; stability; system performance; control modes; state space techniques; Introduction to digital control systems. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 380 – Mechatronics Engineering Design Workshop

In this course, students study the design process, including needs analysis, problem definition; design criteria and critical parameter identification, generation of alternative solutions; conceptual design, detailed design, optimization; and implementation. Most of the term is devoted to a significant design project in which student groups work independently and competitively, applying the design process to a project goal set by the faculty coordinator. The design project typically includes construction of an electro-mechanical prototype, and part of the course grade may depend on the performance of the prototype in a competitive test. In exceptional circumstances, the requirement for a prototype may be replaced by a computer simulation, or may be waived. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 400A – Seminar

Discussion of structure of Mechatronics Engineering curriculum, operation of department, faculty, university, technical societies. [Offered: F]

MTE 400B – Seminar

Discussion of structure of Mechatronics Engineering curriculum, operation of department, faculty, university, technical societies. [Offered: W]

MTE 420 – Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Analysis, design and control of power electronic converters, principles of operation and control of DC and special-purpose motors, power electronics-based control of DC and special-purpose motors. [Offered: F]

MTE 460 – Mechatronic System Integration

Mechatronic system interfaces and architecture design. Sensing and actuation in industrial mechatronics systems. Motion control. Industrial computer vision. Networks and communication. PLC based and distributed control. Discrete and hybrid control systems. Fault finding. [Offered: F,W]

MTE 481 – Mechatronics Engineering Design Project

This course is intended to reinforce the concepts learned in MTE 380 and to extend the significant design experience obtained. Students work individually or in small groups applying the principles of engineering design and problem-solving to a design project of their own choosing. The project must incorporate all elements of Mechatronics, namely, mechanical design, electronics, computers and software. In exceptional circumstances, one or more elements may be exempted by the course instructor. The students are required to consider a need analysis, search for prior art and present alternate designs. The course ends with the selection of a final design. Projects are selected, approved, monitored and marked by a course coordinator. [Offered: F]

MTE 482 – Mechatronics Engineering Project

This course is an extension of MTE 481. Students work on prototyping the designs they proposed and finalized in MTE 481. The students either individually or in small groups demonstrate the working prototypes; make a poster presentation for the design competition; and pitch their product on a web site. The projects are monitored by the course instructor and evaluated by the instructor with feedback from an expert judging panel. [Offered: W]

MTE 544 – Autonomous Mobile Robots

Fundamentals of autonomous mobile robotics, including both perception and planning for autonomous operation, sensor modelling, vehicle state estimation using Bayes Filters, Kalman Filters, and Particle Filters as well as onboard localization and mapping. Topics in planning include vehicle motion modelling and control, as well as graph based and probabilistic motion planning of (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) MEMS devices. [Offered: F]

MTE 545 – Introduction to MEMS Fabrication

Introduction to MEMS. Fabrication processes for MEMS devices. Basic MEMS governing equations in different energy domains (Mechanical, electrical and thermal). Methods for layout, design and modeling of MEMS devices. Simulation techniques. Techniques for testing and characterization of MEMS devices. [Offered: F ]

MTE 546 – Multi-sensor Data Fusion

Sensor data and information fusion systems. Sensor modelling, including characterization of uncertainty. Sensor fusion approaches for estimation and decisions including weighted least squares, extended Kalman Filter, Dempster-Shafer evidential reasoning, artificial neural networks; Outlier rejection; Spatial and temporal registration. Course project involving independent study of one aspect of sensor data fusion. [Offered: W]