Recognizing that today's engineers require skills that span a wide range of disciplines, many of the world's top universities are reorganizing their engineering curricula. The Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne recently adopted a model in which students complete a broad-based curriculum to earn an undergraduate degree in three years and a specialized Master of Engineering degree two years later.
Campus-wide adoption of MathWorks software has helped support this new model. Students now use MATLAB®, Simulink®, and other MathWorks software as they study basic linear algebra, control systems, signal processing, mechatronics, and other engineering topics.
"MATLAB has proved to be a highly effective tool for training our engineering students," says Dr. Doreen Thomas, Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering department. "They have access to MathWorks software from the day they enter the university, and this access has benefited students throughout the entire engineering curriculum, from first-year classes to advanced senior projects and graduate research."