Larry Mueller and Jason Carter giving Dr. Ashok Midhaand Dr. Krishnamurthya generous gift to fund the Mechatronics Lab

Through a generous gift from the Caterpillar Foundation, the Caterpillar Mechatronics Laboratory is being developed to provide both undergraduate and graduate mechanical, aerospace, electrical and computer engineering students the opportunity to acquire skills in sensors and actuators, feedback control systems, design of electro-hydraulic systems, and integration of mechanical, electronic and hydraulic components. The Caterpillar Mechatronics Laboratory is being developed in consultation with Caterpillar's officials for use in several courses, the primary beneficiary being a new mechatronics course.

Students graduating with a BSME degree with an emphasis in mechatronics will have a solid workable knowledge of modeling, interfacing sensors and actuators, control theory, signal processing techniques, hands-on experience with analog and digital electronics, and interfacing and programming for real-time control. More importantly, the Caterpillar Mechatronics Laboratory will be invaluable to teach electro-hydraulic principles to potential Caterpillar employees and expose future industry engineers to Caterpillar components.