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Stefan van Sterkenburg

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Stefan van Sterkenburg
E-mail: stefan.vansterkenburg@han.nl
Tel: 0655206398

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The significance of autotronics

In the coming years, modern vehicles will change rapidly. Not only in drivelines and powertrains using alternative fuels and innovative concepts like electric and hybrid propulsion, but also because of the introduction of smart and intelligent systems in the vehicle to improve the safety, comfort and performance of vehicles.

We will see a further development of ADAS systems like Active Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Avoidance System, etc.. Perhaps in a few years we time, we can even expect the self-driving car (though there some legal and technical issues to be dealt with before this is possible).

The minor autotronica focuses on the technologies that are necessary to design and develop smart electronic systems for automotive applications. We expect this program to be supportive to the developments in the automotive industry and it will help our students to obtain the required competences for a successful career as an automotive engineer.

The following topics will be part of this course:

  • Vehicle electronics
  • I/O programming
  • Matlab/Simulink introduction
  • Control system engineering
  • Project

The project counts for 50% of the course grade and provides a splendid opportunity for you to put theory into practice and improve your project-related competences.

Type of minor
This is a specialisation exchange course. This means it enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile).

Block exchange course
This exchange course is offered once a year in a block during a semester (September - January).

Learning outcomes
The learning outcomes listed below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

The course is aimed at the following professional tasks:

  • Design
  • Validation
  • Advising
  • Doing research

As a consequence, the course includes the following learning outcomes:

  • The student will be able to understand market, socio-economic and environmental trends and their impacts on development processes within the automotive society.
  • The student will be able to transfer these trends into functional and technical requirements for the application and control of mechatronical components and systems as part of automotive design.
  • The student will be able to carry out applied research and design activities as part of a multidisciplinary design team, and will understand the necessary steps from the functional level to technical design, including the use of design tools (e.g. simulation tools, hardware and software for loop analysis).
  • The student will be able to design and validate a mechatronical system (or its model or controller) as part of an automotive system, including related services and processes.


The course aims to develop the following core competences:

  • Development of a programme of demands
  • Design of a mechatronical system with respect to modelling and control
  • Validation of a product, service or process
  • Conducting a research programme
  • Effectively cooperating in a multidisciplinary team

Additionally, the minor will also develop other competences, such as:

  • Advising about market demand
  • Guiding personal professional development

Admission requirements
An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your studies and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

The course is open to technical Bachelors students from departments of:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems Engineering

Or any equivalent technical Bachelors level course.

The course provides an advanced level of development engineering and requires students to have completed 2.5 years of prior study.

A comparable level of programming and testing knowledge is necessary for students who come from outside the automotive courses.

Nice to know
If there are any doubts about students’ preparation, they must complete an intake assessment. A sufficient level of English fluency is a prerequisite for admission to this course.

For example:

Electrical Engineering

  • An IELTS score of at least 6.5 or
  • A TOEFL score of at least 90 (Internet-based), 232 (computer-based) or
  • A Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE), A Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

The course consists of 2 terms, each with a duration of 9-10 weeks. You will have exams during the two theoretical terms.

The modules are assessed in the form of written exams, practice reports and assignment reports.

The design project is assessed by a report and a presentation. The practical is assessed by active participation with satisfactory results.


Students are expected to be available from Monday to Friday, so doing a part-time job or taking other subjects from Monday to Friday between 9:00 - 17:45 is not an option.

Study load
The study load mainly comprises contact hours with the tutor, tutorials, practice, self-study hours and assignment hours. It is assumed that students in this course will put in 840 clock hours (30 European credit points).

This course is offered once a year, during Semester 1 (September - January).

Working Methods

  • Lectures and practical work 4-5 days per week
  • Exams 
  • Guest lectures
  • Project
  • Exam re-sits (if necessary)

The teaching staff will divide students into groups for practical work and into teams for the project. The teams will be multidisciplinary: you will be working with students from different backgrounds.

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