ECPI University Graduate Takes Online Education into Hometown Classroom

ECPI University | Electronics EngineeringJason Dean is a man who takes the initiative. If he wants to learn how to do something, he opens a book or goes online and teaches himself. He’s spent most of his adult life constructing buildings but would rather be building robots.

When the U.S. military was losing thousands of robots disarming roadside bombs, Jason took it upon himself to design a robot that burned up bomb components using a carbon dioxide laser. Being a basement tinkerer – not a large defense contractor – his idea didn’t make it very far, but he says he got noticed by some important people. So much so, he was invited to Fort Benning, Georgia to present his next idea, a robot that used suction to gently expose buried improvised explosive devices (IED), gently vacuuming away dirt and debris without putting pressure on the bomb. “They loved it,” says Jason. “Once again, however, me being just one person, I couldn’t develop an expensive prototype.” [Read more...]

What’s the Career Outlook for Mechatronics Engineering?

ECPI University | MechatronicsIn a world of constantly-evolving technology, it can be difficult to find a stable career. However experienced and educated you may be, economic and technological progress can render your skills obsolete within a few years. The only path to financial success and stability is to find a career that will remain relevant despite the march of time.

If you’re worried about your future career prospects, and have an interest in engineering, manufacturing, or electrical design, there may be a solution. Mechatronics is already a huge industry, and is likely to remain important to the economy for decades to come. By training in mechatronics, you can position yourself for a lucrative, long-lasting career. [Read more...]

Mechatronics: The Future is Here

Mechatronic machines are all over the place. From your car’s memory-adjust seats to your computer’s hard drive to your coffee maker, they are intertwined with our daily activities. So, while the term may be unfamiliar, why not take a few moments and learn a little about this fascinating  field? It could change your life. The fact is that,  mechatronic technology is one of the great engineering breakthroughs of the past few decades. So, if you plan to study engineering at ECPI University, consider a concentration in mechatronics. [Read more...]

App Camp in Chesapeake, Virginia

Virginian-Pilot Reporter Hattie Brown Garrow came to cover ECPI’s App Camp at the Chesapeake Conference Center today. In conjunction with the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium and Chesapeake Public Schools, the university is providing instruction during a week-long, intensive course on mobile apps.

Students participating in this free program learn how to build an app, develop solutions for potential problems and create graphics for the interface. Led by ECPI University Associate Dean of Education Technology Gerry White, they will also learn how to make a basic game for mobile devices that is downloadable so they can play it with their friends.

The ultimate goal, however, is to ignite student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by making these subjects fun. “You never know, this sort of experience just might lead a student down a very rewarding career path,” says White. “When you show them the practical applications of something they once considered abstract, it creates a fertile ground for learning.”

ECPI University Hosts App Camp

ECPI University is pleased to have 25 high school students at its Virginia Beach campus this summer. In conjunction with Opportunity Inc., Junior Achievement and Virginia Beach Public Schools, the university is hosting App Camp, a six-week intensive course on mobile apps.

Students participating in this free program learn how to build an app, develop solutions for potential problems with the app and create graphics for the app’s interface. Led by ECPI University Associate Dean of Education Technology Gerry White, they will also learn how to make a basic game for mobile devices that is downloadable so they can play it with their friends.

Students then learn the business side of app development. Junior Achievement instructors guide them as they create a business plan to use their app to develop and sell a product. In the end, they will leave camp with a web portfolio which they can take into the workforce.

The ultimate goal, however, is to ignite student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by making these subjects fun. “You never know, this sort of experience just might lead a student down a very rewarding career path,” says White. “When you show them the practical applications of something they once considered abstract, it creates a fertile ground for learning.”