Enhancing undergraduate education in control engineering

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This paper discusses the content of two basic courses in control engineering: Feedback Control Systems and Process Control with their associated Lab (laboratory) sessions. Such undergraduate level courses are lectured at the Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering Department (EMED) of UTEC (Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia, Peru). The Lab sessions are performed in the Control Systems as well as in the Process Automation Labs. The structured experiments with their rubrics are carried out by the students after covering the corresponding theory classes. This methodology permits students to bridge the gap between theory and practice by means of hands-on and open (reconfigurable and reprogrammable) plants. An open plant allows the renewal of experiments. On the other hand, UTEC employs a methodology to engage undergraduate students to perform research. Several papers published in indexed international conferences ware based on various experiments performed by the students in the Lab sessions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology
Subtitle of host publication"Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities and Communities", LACCEI 2019
PublisherLatin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions
ISBN (Electronic)9780999344361
StatePublished - 2019
Event17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology, LACCEI 2019 - Montego Bay, Jamaica
Duration: 24 Jul 201926 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the LACCEI international Multi-conference for Engineering, Education and Technology
ISSN (Electronic)2414-6390


Conference17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology, LACCEI 2019
CityMontego Bay


  • Bridging the gap methodology
  • Control systems Lab
  • Feedback control systems course
  • Hands-on methodology
  • Lab session rubric
  • Open plant
  • Process automation Lab
  • Process control course


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