The combination of electrical and mechanical engineering where students design, build, and program robotic mechanisms. Students will apply C++ and Python coding to direct microcontroller parts. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:
Jim Burnham has been working in the high-tech industry for the last 25 years. As an Electrical Engineer, he has worked on both Hardware and Software products. Jim is passionate about helping students learn about electronics, electronic control, programming, motion, mechanics and manufacturing. He wants to show students how to build and interfacing mechanical systems to the real world. Jim has worked for a small phone company, programming in assembly and C++, and building hardware to track the phone usage, worked on Amdahl mainframe computers, and recently spent 20+ years at Xilinx, working on both Hardware and Software, and even Marketing. This next year, Jim is now turning his talents to Mechatronics. When not thinking about teaching electronics and mechanics, Jim enjoys hacking electronics to work as Halloween props or prep for epic snow camping expeditions.