MAE Seminar: Teaching the New Mechanical Design Series


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303 MAE-A
939 Sweetwater Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611-6250


Teaching the New Mechanical Design Series

Michael Griffis
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


The sequence of MAE undergraduate courses in mechanical design was recently upgraded by adding a second capstone design course where the students realize (build) their designs. This seminar discusses the sequence of three mechanical design courses, goals and pedagogy. Emphasis is placed on the design process, which gives structure to how a project should be undertaken. Emphasis is placed on the design stool, which is an imaginary metaphor of something you sit on with three legs. With a good foundation, the student applies theory, simulation, and experimentation (the three legs) on any given task.


Michael Griffis has 30+ years’ experience in the robotics and machine design industry and is a recognized expert in motion and force control. Professional accomplishments include a novel kinestatic control strategy for force control, design and development of a sub-micron machine tool for the semiconductor industry, design and development of a fully automatic laser lace cutter, design and development of a fully automatic battery welder, and design of a control system for a robotic refueling system. He has extensive experience in mechanical design, embedded control systems, product development, product safety, product electromagnetic compatibility, radar and wireless communication design, electrical power transmission, electronics and software for robotic applications. He is an expert in screw theory, which is a study of a five-dimensional geometry that unifies motion and force control.


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