The department, founded in 1953, was named the Department of Marine science, Provincial Taiwan Maritime Junior College. In 1964, the Junior College was upgraded to College and the department became the Department of Marine Engineering, Taiwan Provincial College of Marine Science and Technology. Later, the College was upgraded to National Taiwan Ocean University in 1989 and the department kept the same name. In 1992, the graduate program for master's degree was established, conducting basic and applied research in the mechanical and marine engineering field. In 1995, the department was renamed as the Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering to meet the trend of industrial demands. In order to fit in with the demands of microminiaturization, the department was renamed as the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (MME) again in 2004 and has since been a division of the College of Engineering. The graduate program for doctoral degree was established in 2008.
The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering is to provide a quality education, to conduct distinctive research programs, to maintain a close partnership with industry, and to provide related service to the community. The mission shall be guided by a commitment to continuous improvement in the overall quality of teaching, research and service. A major focus of the department's activities is to provide quality engineering education with sufficient scope to include the basic and specialized engineering training necessary for the current and emerging needs of society. Since 2005 the department has actively participated in the operations of engineering education accreditation promoted by IEET in Taiwan to further demonstrate our commitment in quality education.
The department’s education objectives include: (1) to cultivate students’ professional knowledge in the related fields, (2) to strengthen students’ ability in practical experience and engineering innovation, (3) to continuously emphasize engineering ethics to the students, and (4) to develop students with ability in broadened view and international thinking.
The Department offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The newly founded doctoral program is established in 2008. The teaching and research in the department encompasses the following fields: (1) Solid mechanics and material science, (2) Energy engineering and fluid mechanics, (3) Mechatronics and control, (4) Design and manufacturing, (5) Nano/Micro system. In addition to the above, recent development of the department focuses on the fields of Bio MEMS, underwater technology, precision engineering, in accordance with the feature of NTOU. Our teaching emphasizes lab experiments and practice in addition to theoretical fundamentals and concepts. Various lab courses and undergraduate special topics courses are designed to help students to obtain their on-hand experience in school.
All students enrolled by passing the comprehensive entrance examination are required to take normally four years to complete at least 138 credit hours of course work to hold the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.).
The requirement for a master program need take at least 24 credit hours of course work and a creative thesis. For each candidate in the Master program, an advising professor will guide him in preparation of his study and give advises during the process of research and thesis writing. The student who has completed his written thesis and oral examination will hold the degree of Master of Science (M.S.)
The department currently focuses on the following teaching/research directions.
(1) Mechatronic and automatic control engineering
Including: (a)AGV system (b)Hybrid engine efficiency (c)Magnetic bearing and linear motors (d) Machine vision assistant assembly system
(2) Precision engineering
Including: (a)Micro assembly system (b) Flexible tools (c)Precision measurement technology
(3) Nano/Micro electromechanical system and nano technology
Including: (a)Bio MEMS (b)Simulation and analysis of micro systems (c)Advanced micro manufacturing technology.
(4) Underwater technology
Including: (a)Design and control of underwater manipulator (b)Underwater object tracking (c)Underwater sensing (d) Net cage underwater environment surveillance