Many undergraduate and graduate courses offered in the College of Engineering address the requisite technologies for autonomy, robotics and IoT. The ACS initiative will unify these offerings by:

  • Creating coordinated course plans for undergraduate and graduate certificates and minors in these areas across the College.
  • Establishing an undergraduate minor with required participation in a year-long interdisciplinary senior design project in an ACS research area.
  • Developing online courses that have wide appeal for practicing professionals, enabling them to earn “digital badges” that demonstrate mastery of new skills.
  • Creating Professional MS degrees and non-thesis MS degrees in ACS related areas.

Degree Programs


ME Professional MS Program
Specialization Areas:

  • Robotics
  • Systems, Measurement, & Controls

ECE Professional MS Program
Technical Focus Areas:

ME Hybrid Vehicle Systems Certificate

There are many student clubs and organizations in the ACS related areas across campus. These include: Purdue Drone Club, Aerial Robotics Club, RoboMasters Club, Lunarbotics Team, Purdue FIRST Robotics, Autonomous Robotics Club, and the SAE Autonomous Car team. The ACS initiative will provide assistance with coordinating the efforts of these groups and providing support for their research and engagement activities.

ACS faculty provide leadership to state agencies and the private sector through a range of workshops, presentations, and opportunities for professional development. Activities are focused on developing and encouraging awareness and expertise that will assist in achieving the maximum benefits as society transitions towards autonomous and connected technologies.

Examples of some recent activities include:

CE Smart Mobility Class introduces students to ways in which Smart Mobility will redefine society and methods to make the transition smoother. Within the limits of a one-credit course, the student will become familiar with various aspects of “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) through several activities and exercises.

Purdue Road School addresses current trends and emerging technologies in all modes of transportation and attracts over 3,000 attendees per year.

Purdue Drone Club is the largest collegiate drone club in the nation! Our goal is to make drone technology more accessible to students and faculty here at Purdue. We do this by offering Buy & Build sessions, group projects, and weekly flying events. While we like to have fun, safety is our number one focus as a club. Making sure students and faculty know the rules and regulations related to drone operation allows us to be most effective at our goals.

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