The Exciting Path to Mechatronics Engineering

Zachariah Peterson
|  Created: May 10, 2022
The Exciting Path to Mechatronics Engineering

Continuing our discussion on PCB design education, in this episode, joining us is Fergus Downey. Fergus is a Ph.D. student and research assistant at Curtin University in Western Australia (WA) and is currently involved in the Binar Space Program. Today, we will tackle the education and opportunities related to Mechatronic Engineering and a little overview of CubeSat.

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Show Highlights:

  • Fergus's background and how he landed on the Mechatronic Engineering path
  • How is the space industry in Australia driving the students to pursue an electronics-related career?
  • Exposure to CAD tools and manufacturing processes helps students understand circuit design better
  • Some projects the students in Western Australia like to work on
    • Camera PCBs, radiation center PCB, CanSat PCB design, and more
  • What are the main challenges involved in designing CubeSats, and how do Altium Designer® and Altium 365 make a great design tool for these projects?
  • Electronic design and redundancy–redundant systems in limited space like in spacecraft
  • Fergus talks about his team winning the second place in the #PCBetheChange design competition in 2021 with their entry Swan River Clean Up
  • Fergus talks about the Mechatronics Engineering Computer Science degree being offered at Curtin University
  • Checkout the Binar Space Program website and connect with Fergus on LinkedIn

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Connect with Fergus Downey on LinkedIn
Binar Space Program website
Learn more about the Mechatronics Engineering Computer Science at Curtin University
Check out the #PCBeTheChange Student Design Competition Winners
Register at Altium Education for Free
Connect with Zach on LinkedIn

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Zachariah Peterson has an extensive technical background in academia and industry. He currently provides research, design, and marketing services to companies in the electronics industry. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University and conducted research on random laser theory, materials, and stability. His background in scientific research spans topics in nanoparticle lasers, electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, environmental sensors, and stochastics. His work has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written 1000+ technical blogs on PCB design for a number of companies. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, American Physical Society, and the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA), and he previously served on the INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Advisory Committee.

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