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Mechatronics is the synergistic integration of Mechanics, Electronics, Embedded Control and IT in the design and realisation of intelligent products, processes and systems. It has been described as Mechanical Engineering for the 21st Century.

The Holywell Mechatronics Research Centre (MRC) is a specialist resource of the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University. The MRC has pioneered multi-disciplinary design activities over many years. Loughborough was one of the first UK Universities to embrace Mechatronics and has developed MSc and industrial short courses, Undergraduate Degree themes, and a vibrant research base.

In the last Teaching Quality Assessment the Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering gained 23/24 points. In the latest (2001) Research Assessment Exercise the School achieved a grade 5. The MRC work on Machine Vision Controlled Laser Cutting of Lace was included in the submission that received the Queen's Anniversary Prize award for Optical Engineering in the year 2000.

The Holywell Mechatronics Research Centre was founded in year 2000 by Professor Rob Parkin and Professor Mike Jackson. To date, the centre has employed 15 Post Doctoral researchers and graduated ~30 PhD students. The centre enjoys world wide contacts resulting in a diversity of high quality international researchers within the research group. The group maintains strong industrial focus on funded research projects.

 

 

Professor Rob Parkin, Chair in Mechatronics, Founder member of the Holywell Mechatronics Research Centre year 2000. Head of Mechatronics at Loughborough University from 1994-2007. Now Head of the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 2007-to date.

 

 

 

 

Professor Mike Jackson, Chair in Machine Systems, Founder member of the Holywell Mechatronics Research Centre year 2000. Head of Mechatronics 2007- to date

 

 

 


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