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.
One of the most important elements of circuitry is its connection to motors. In this course, you will gain valuable insights and experience on how to build and program circuits to control motors. You will first understand the purpose and mathematical underpinnings of a motor driver circuit, providing you with the tools you will need for exploration and innovation. You will then build a circuit to drive three common types of motors. Finally, you will write the code to control these motors, completing the process and providing you with the theoretical foundation and tangible techniques to apply in your future work.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Building a Basic Circuit
- Building Time-Varying Circuits
- Programming a Circuit's Microcontroller
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Engineers (mechanical, software, civil, systems, chemical, biomedical)
- Robotics and automation technicians
- Technology researchers
- High school teachers