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New program director for mechatronics

This summer, Dr. Chan Ham, an assistant professor of mechatronics engineering since Spring 2010, was named director of the Mechatronics Engineering program.

Dr. Ham holds master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and received his undergraduate degree in electronic engineering from Dongguk University, Korea. Before his arrival at SPSU, he was a faculty member in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science and simultaneously served as a scholar with the Florida Space Institute.

This summer, Dr. Ham collaborated with NASA engineer Dr. Felix Soto Toro, to deliver a keynote address during the 15th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics in Orlando, Fla.

Their address was titled “Development of an Electronic Ground Support System for NASA’s Payload Transfer Operations: A Case Study of a Multidisciplinary Work in the Space Shuttle Program.” Dr. Ham also chaired a conference session on the “Cooperative Analysis and Design of Multidisciplinary Systems.”