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    Dear matriculants! In 2013 the South Ural State University starts implementing the new educational program of "Mechatronics", according to Federal state education standard "Mechatronics and Robotics".

    Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. As technology advances, the subfields of engineering multiply and adapt. Mechatronics' aim is a design process that unifies these subfields. Originally, mechatronics just included the combination of mechanics and electronics, hence the word is a combination of mechanics and electronics; however, as technical systems have become more and more complex the word has been broadened to include more technical areas.

    A mechatronics engineer unites the principles of mechanics, electronics, and computing to generate a simpler, more economical and reliable system. The term "mechatronics" was coined by Tetsuro Mori, the senior engineer of the Japanese company Yaskawa in 1969. An industrial robot is a prime example of a mechatronics system; it includes aspects of electronics, mechanics, and computing to do its day-to-day jobs.

    Engineering cybernetics deals with the question of control engineering of mechatronic systems. It is used to control or regulate such a system. Through collaboration, the mechatronic modules perform the production goals and inherit flexible and agile manufacturing properties in the production scheme. Modern production equipment consists of mechatronic modules that are integrated according to a control architecture. The most known architectures involve hierarchy, polyarchy, heterarchy, and hybrid. The methods for achieving a technical effect are described by control algorithms, which might or might not utilize formal methods in their design. Hybrid systems important to mechatronics include production systems, synergy drives, planetary exploration rovers, automotive subsystems such as anti-lock braking systems and spin-assist, and everyday equipment such as autofocus cameras, video, hard disks, and CD players.

    Based on a long tradition of training of highly qualified engineering staff in South Ural State University, The curriculum of master's degree provides the following disciplines:
    1) Humanitarian disciplines - Russian languages, project management, Russian culture, geopolitics or the newest Russian history;
    2) General technical disciplines Ц Industrial safety, supercomputer simulations or methods of mathematical modeling of mechatronic systems;
    3) Automation and control systems - Industrial control systems and automation, control in Mechatronic systems;
    4) Hydraulics;
    5) Electronics and electromechanical engineering Ц theory of electrical engineering and electronics, electrical motors, electric devices and power electronic converters;
    6) CAD/CAM/CAE systems - mechatronic CAD systems, PLC engineering, industrial SCADA systems;
    More details of the curriculum can be found here.

    Bachelors direction "Mechatronics and Robotics" also have the opportunity to continue their education in master's, and then in graduate school SUSU.