Mechatronics in Switzerland

Mechatronics in Switzerland — About

About Mechatronics in Switzerland

Professors Frank Kelso and Sue Mantell (ME) will lead this seminar for juniors and seniors interested in product design and development. Based at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, the program is a specialized, concise course in mechatronics—complex systems, composed of mechanical components, computers, and sensors. Student teams will design, build, program, and demonstrate robots under the guidance of US and Swiss faculty. The seminar also includes a cultural and geographical survey of Switzerland, its land, and people as well as several excursions to the Swiss Alps, Zürich, Geneva, and Munich, Germany.


May 22 - June 11, 2017


ME 3080: 
This seminar is a team based design challenge using engineering and computer science principles. Beyond the technical requirements, students will be challenged to work on their team and leadership skills. Students will also receive an introduction to Europe through discussions and site visits.

Program Leaders

This program will be led by Frank Kelso and Susan Mantell


At this time, this seminar has a waitlist for applicants.  Before submitting an application, please contact

Priority for this program is given to upper division CSE students, but students with other majors will be considered if space is abvailable.

Housing & Meals

Students will share hotel rooms near the ZHAW campus. Most meals will be arranged in advance.


Cultural visits to places like the Swiss Alps and Munich. Company and research visits will also be arranged by our Swiss partners.

Estimated Cost

Cost of Participation

The program fee is $5400 and generally includes tuition and registration fees, orientation and international health insurance. It may also include airfare, housing, excursions and some or all meals. Check with the program leader for the exact program fee and what is included.

More Information

Contact Erin Piper at