Dr. Cox’s research interests include robotics and automation, advanced manufacturing, and dynamic systems and control. He interests also include cooperating and collaborative robotics, software aspects of manufacturing, manufacturing execution systems, and engineering education for the modern manufacturing engineer.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Dynamic Systems and Control
Robotics and Automation
University of Texas at Austin: Ph.D.
University of Florida: M.S.
University of Florida: B.S.
Production-Like Robotics and Automation Laboratory Resources for a Manufacturing Engineering ProgramASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
2017 Instructional resources pose significant challenges when attempting to meet the goal of hands-on experiences in a manufacturing engineering curriculum with realistic plant floor production-like operations. The strategy to accomplish the goal of providing a production-like flexible manufacturing system laboratory resource associated with the courses in a manufacturing engineering curriculum is described in this paper. A hands-on approach to instruction using state-of-the art manufacturing equipment is accomplished with physical resources that can be used in a variety of laboratory sections that augment courses in manufacturing engineering. Many experiments and laboratory exercises in practical aspects of manufacturing can make use of common sets of state-of-the-art, industrial-grade, manufacturing equipment. The equipment for a flexible manufacturing system includes a material handling system integrated with industrial robotics and automation equipment. These hardware resources must also be compatible and integrated with software and computing resources including computer-aided design tools, programmable logic controllers, automation software, manufacturing execution systems software, and additional software resources.
Development of Hands-on Laboratory Resources for Manufacturing Engineering2017 ASEE Annul Conference and Exposition
2017 Increasing student enrollments with a demand on instructional resources poses significant challenges when attempting to meet the goal of hands-on experiences in a manufacturing engineering curriculum. The modern manufacturing engineer requires a spectrum of skills and knowledge in materials, manufacturing processes, production engineering, systems, and manufacturing operations used on the plant floor for industry to maintain competitiveness. While much of this knowledge is gained through experience, a strong foundation enables the early career manufacturing engineer to more rapidly gain knowledge and hit the floor running. Hands-on experiences during the training of manufacturing engineers is invaluable to the foundation of manufacturing knowledge. The strategy to accomplish the goal of providing abundant experiential hands-on laboratories with the necessary physical equipment for courses in a manufacturing engineering curriculum is described in this paper.