Robotics and Automation Technology

Program Philosophy: The Robotics and Automation Technology program
strives to achieve its mission in all aspects of its operations through
innovative and engaging teaching, learning, and community outreach. Graduates of
the program will gain the skills, experience and knowledge to pursue successful
careers as technologists and managers of technology.

Mission: To provide world-class curricula and training designed to prepare superior
practitioners, managers, and leaders in the field of Robotics and Automation

Changing dynamics in world competition have manufacturers
using new technologies and management systems to increase productivity and
quality. These companies are using Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
technologies, installing robotics and automated systems and adapting new
management techniques and strategies to differentiate their companies, products,
goods, and services from competitors. A key to success in the area of Industrial
Technology is employing technologists and engineers to design, install, run and
maintain these highly technical systems.

In the Robotics and Automation Technology Program, students learn to use computer systems to program robots,run databases in inventory, payroll, project planning and scheduling, and
purchasing. Students also have a chance to take a national professional
Certified Technology Manager (CTM) certification exam from The Association of
Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Robotics Lab
Robotics Lab


  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission ( NRC) funded ASU HP department with $200,000
    for the Academic Years 2013 - 2015
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and ASU HP Department will be offering
    Monte Carlo Radiation Transportation Classes in the Department to ASU students
    and other collaboration Universities students (This is part of the Minority
    Serving Institutions Program funded by the NNSA). Although eight universities
    are collaborating, considering ASU’s strengths in Health Physics research,  LANL
    nominated ASU with the support of all of the consortium members.
  • Development of the Department of Energy (DOE) funded lab, Nuclear
    Instrumentation Laboratory (NIL) is completed and starting academic year
    2013-2014, undergraduate and graduate students in HP program will have an
    opportunity to acquire professional  level nuclear instrumentation training.
  • Over $77K  received from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
    for the Year 2013-2014.
  •  At the American Nuclear Society (ANS) meeting, the Nuclear Regulatory
    Commission (NRC) recognized ASU HP program as one of the fast growing programs
    in the country and one of the strong programs in the country training minority
    workforce in nuclear related fields.
  • Jermiah Billa, was invited to Washington DC by the NRC and the Department of
    Energy (DOE) to participate in a discussion,” Implementation of Successful
    Nuclear Education Programs in the United States”. NRC invited, 4 program
    directors from all over the US, ASU being one of them.
  • Graduate student, George Osei, returned to ASU after successful completion
    of his internship at the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
  • Jermiah Billa, submitted three abstracts, Radioactivity Studies on Farmlands
    and Farm Products Produced Around a Nuclear Plant’, “Assessment and Comparison
    of Self-Attenuation Coefficients of Vegetation Samples using Standard Electrode
    and Lowe Energy Germanium Detectors”, and “Fabrication and Characterization of
    Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CdZnTe) Crystal for Radiation Detection and Measurement
    Applications”, to the Health Physics Society ( HPS), the topics will be
    presented at the midyear HPS meeting in February, 2014.
  • Entergy presents a check of $50,000 for the year Spring 2014- Fall 2014, to
    support students pursuing a Health Physics degree.
  • Jermiah Billa participated in Minority Serving Partnership Program (MSIPP)
    meeting, held in Atlanta, to give a presentation to the Department of Energy on
    various research accomplishments during the academic year 2012-2013.
  • The Division of Health Physics initiated research collaborations with the
    Alabama A & M University and Fisk University.  Research collaborator from
    Alabama A & M visited the department to discuss possible research
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory deputy leader of the Nuclear Technology
    division visited ASU HP department.
  • Senior student, Innocent Tsorxe is offered internship at the Fisk
  • George Osei is accepted as an intern at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    He will be working with our research collaborator Dr. Ches Simpson during his
    time spent at the LANL.
  • Cyber Security Laboratory: The Advanced Technologies Department began using
    the NETLAB to administer labs for Network Security students. With NETLAB,
    students and instructors can share worldwide access to laboratory equipment in a
    training environment. When students in the networking expressed their need for
    hands on experience, the department initiated these advanced facilities so that
    students get exposed to practical experience while they pursue college
    education. In the coming weeks, NETLAB will be utilized to provide practical
    application labs that will complement classroom instruction. In addition to
    Network Security, the following labs have been added: CCNA Network Fundamentals,
    CCNA Routing Protocols and Concepts, CCNA LAN Switching and Wireless, and CCNA
    Designing and Supporting Computer Networks. It is anticipated that more labs
    will be added in the near future to enhance student learning and to prepare them
    for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network
    Professional (CCNP), CCNA Security, and the COMPTIA Network+ certification
    exams. These labs are administered by the faculty with the assistance of Mr.
    Michael Atkins. A unique feature of these labs is accessibility to students from
    anywhere using internet connection.
  • Five students from Department of Advanced Technology Attended Career
    Pathways Conference Organized by Department of Homeland Security in Washington
    DC from April 11-13. The visit was led by Dr. Steve Adzanu, Advanced Technology
    Associate Professor, and organized by Dr. Jyotirmay Gadewadikar, recipient of
    Scientific Leadership Award from Department of Homeland Security. The visit was
    a part of Homeland security's initiatives to promote homeland security careers
    among the US undergraduate majors.