Thanks to his strong interest in the mushrooming mechatronics field, Jacob Dean has made a virtually seamless leap, while still a teenager, from high school to community college and now to a university and an internship, starting in January. After signing an internship agreement with Bridgestone Dec. 1, Dean, 19, of La Vergne, Tennessee, will begin pursuing his bachelor’s degree in mechatronics engineering at MTSU with the financial assistance of Bridgestone Americas. Dean becomes the first mechatronics student in the country to use a dual-enrollment program to make the transition from La Vergne High School to Motlow State Community College and finally to MTSU.
Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of systems, mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering.
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