College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Mechatronics in Switzerland - ME 3080

MAY 20-JUNE 9, 2013

Seminar Description

Adjunct associate professor Frank Kelso (mechanical engineering) will lead this seminar for juniors and seniors interested in product design and development. Based at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, the program is a specialized, concise course in mechatronics--complex systems, composed of mechanical components, computers, and sensors.

Among the seminar's highlights are insights into successfully leading Swiss and German production and services enterprises, and the world's leading lab in high-energy research--CERN (Geneva). The seminar also includes a cultural and geographical survey of Switzerland, its land, and people as well as several excursions to the Swiss Alps, Zürich, Geneva, and Munich, Germany.



We arrived in Switzerland! Our flight was long but uneventful. We went through customs in Amsterdam -- the lines were long, but we had 20 minutes or more to spare before our flight to Zürich.

We arrived in the afternoon and took a walking tour of Winterthur, followed by a welcome banquet at the Riverside hotel. We're all pretty tired, but we're on Swiss time now, and ready for the mechatronics class starting up on Tuesday.

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