How important is it to know kinematics/path planning as a mechanical engineer working in robotics?

I am currently an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering who wants to go into the robotics industry. From other posts on this subreddit, I saw a lot of people saying that knowing kinematics/dynamics/path planning (i.e the math behind robotics) is important for mechanical engineers working in robotics.

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However, isn’t kinematics/dynamics/path planning closer towards control of the robot rather than the physical design of the robot? (I’m assuming that majority of the work a mechanical engineer does in robotics is designing and creating the actual robot) How does kinematics/dynamics/path planning factor into the design of the robot?

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