Benjamin Finio is a lecturer in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, where he teaches MAE 3780: Mechatronics. Dr. Finio has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University, where he completed his thesis on the “Robobee” project in the Harvard Microrobotics Lab. He has experience teaching students of all ages, both online and in person, as well as designing electronics and robotics kits for both K-12 and college-level curricula. In addition to teaching at Cornell, Dr. Finio works for a science education website (Science Buddies), where he has written for Scientific American and made educational YouTube videos that have been viewed millions of times by people around the globe.
In this course, you will acquire a blend of foundational knowledge and hands-on experience to orient you to the world of mechatronics. You will assemble, measure, design, and analyze your own simple circuit using key mathematical concepts and formulas. You will also examine how to set up a microcontroller, which will provide you with tools that you will use for the rest of the courses in this certificate program. This introduction to circuits and their basic functionality will create a solid base for your growth, both throughout this certificate program and in your daily life at work and beyond.
To be successful in this course, you must be able to download and install Arduino IDE to complete course assignments. The kit purchased as part of this certificate program will provide you with the physical materials you will need to complete your assignments outside of your computer system.
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Engineers (mechanical, software, civil, systems, chemical, biomedical)
- Robotics and automation technicians
- Technology researchers
- High school teachers