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Robotics & Engineering Schools

by Jake Shore

Even though a robot may seem like something found in a science fiction story, many industries, such as the automotive and agricultural, use highly sophisticated robots to lower costs and boost productivity. The academic fields of robotics and engineering serve students looking to enter this rapidly growing field, and many colleges and universities across the country offer related degrees.

University of California, Santa Cruz

The University of California, Santa Cruz offers a Bachelor of Science degree in robotics engineering. The degree uses computer engineering's research and courses to create a specialized major that offers education and experience in the design and construction of computer, electronic and mechanical systems. In the first quarter, students complete a class in robot automation. Students also are required to complete an intensive senior design course and a graduate robotics elective in their senior year. In 2015, the robotics engineering bachelor's program will be reviewed for accreditation.

Johnson and Wales University

Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University offers an undergraduate degree in robotic engineering as part of their School of Technology. Committed to providing students with the tools to create efficient solutions to complex robotic engineering problems, the robotic engineering technology major instructs students in the latest theories of artificial intelligence and microprocessor development. Through a sophomore-year technology internship, students gain work experience at industry partners, such as Intel, Motorola and Atrion.

University of Michigan

The Master of Engineering degree program in robotics and autonomous vehicles at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor requires students to complete 30 credits to graduate. Mobile Robotics: Methods and Algorithms, Mechatronic System Design and Computer Vision are among the courses that fulfill the 10-credit engineering core requirements. To continue through the program and reach your goal of graduation, you must maintain at least a B average throughout the entire degree experience.

McHenry County College

Located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, McHenry County College offers an asociate degree in robotics systems engineering. To prepare students for jobs in the field, the program gives graduates the necessary tools to become robotics technicians and space-based robotics technicians, system simulation designers and surgical robotic technologists. Students must complete 61 credit hours over six semesters.

About the Author

Jake Shore is an award-winning Brooklyn-based playwright, published short story writer and professor at Wagner College. His short fiction has appeared in many publications including Litro Magazine, one of London's leading literary magazines. Shore earned his MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.

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