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Mechatronics Engineering

​There is nothing simple anymore. 

For example, take that new car being advertised on TV. It drives itself, it has a computer system that alerts you to the weather, it won’t let the car skid, it tells you when to brake, it parks itself and it will also play your favorite songs. The seat adjusts to your body and the lights go on when needed. And what is more, most of that car was built by a robot.
The people in charge of designing and implementing the design for all of this automation are not just engineers – they are mechatronics engineers. And the University of Balamand offers a full-blown program in the field.

Mechatronics is a multi-disciplined professional engineering field that combines mechanical, electrical, control and computer engineering, explains Assistant Professor Rodrigue Imad, chairman of the Department of Mechatronics,

The Issam Fares Faculty of Technology at Balamand offers a bachelor of technology in mechatronics engineering, in English and/or French, on both the Koura and Akkar campuses.

The difference between a degree in mechatronics engineering and other engineering programs, says Dr. Imad, is that “engineering programs tend to focus on theory and conceptual design, while engineering technology programs usually focus on application and implementation.”

“Mechatronics engineers are able to develop new technologies in home automation, control and robotics; renewable energy, mobile robots, industrial robots and control systems, and the necessary skills to master applications of control and supervision of industrial processes.”

There is high demand for this type of engineering. “Our students have abundant job opportunities in the areas of automated systems and industrial networks.”

The program covers all technologies related to these sectors such as real-time processing of information, supervision, databases, network administration, power electronics, and computer control. It also addresses the concept of project management, entrepreneurship and corporate law. 
Another attraction of the three-year program, says Dr. Imad, is that “our students also have the opportunity to train at Université Paris 11, or Université de Clermont-Ferrand, Université de Lauraine, as well as other institutions in France. »

Dr. Imad completed his PhD in Signal Processing and Telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne, Brest, France and spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in France before joining Balamand in 2011 in mechatronics engineering​.

Among Dr. Imad’s own current research interest is heterogeneous networks integration (LET advanced - Wifi) towards 5G technology, and in addition to his responsibilities as a chairman for mechatronics engineering, he also teaches courses in PLC, programming, robotics, digital electronics, and telecommunications.

He recently supervised two BS projects at Balamand, one of them involved creating a home security controller with Raspberry Pi, which is “a credit-card sized computer, that is capable of running a full-fledged Linux operating system. It is also the most inexpensive computer with this level of functionality that is presently available to the public.”
This project, he explains, involved connecting a webcam to the RasPi so that a homeowner can view a selected home area when an intrusion signal is detected by the RasPi, where a laser trip device serves as the intrusion sensor.”
When the RasPi detects an intrusion signal, it sends an e-mail notification to a preset e-mail address to notify the homeowner that the laser has tripped, thus indicating that there is a possible intruder.  Possibly someone trying to steal that car advertised on TV.
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