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Kira Barton

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan. Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2010; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2006; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, 2001. Research interests include: Control theory and applications; high precision motion control; iterative learning control; high-performance nano-scale printing for electrical and biomedical applications; micro/nano-manufacturing; control for manufacturing; cooperative control; control for autonomous vehicles. 2015 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2014 NSF CAREER Award.

André Boehman
Associate Director, Automotive Research Center
Director, Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory

Associate Director, Automotive Research Center. Director, W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan. Previously, Professor of Fuel Science, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D. Stanford University and postdoc researcher at SRI International. Research interests include alternative and reformulated fuels, combustion and pollution control. Present research activities are focused on alternative diesel fuels, diesel combustion and diesel exhaust aftertreatment. Recipient of the 2009 John Johnson Award for Outstanding Diesel Engine Research and the 2009 Arch Colwell Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Former Editor in Chief for Fuel Processing Technology. Presently an Associate Editor for Energy & Fuels. Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Kyung K. Choi
Thrust Area 3 Leader

Roy J. Carver Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa. BS, Yonsei University, Korea (1970); MS, University of Iowa (1977); PhD, University of Iowa (1980). Areas of interest: mechanical system design sensitivity analysis and optimization of linear and nonlinear structural systems, reliability analysis and reliability-based design optimization, computational methods in mechanics, integration of CAE tools for concurrent engineering. Author/coauthor of over 90 archived journal papers, over 110 conference papers and three books. Fellow of ASME; Associate Fellow of AIAA; Executive committee member, ISSMO; Associate Editor, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines; Associate Editor, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications; Senior Advisor, Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization; Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Reliability and Safety (IJRS). ASME Design Automation Award, 2006.

Bogdan Epureanu
Director, Automotive Research Center

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan. Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, 1999; Graduate Studies, University of Valladolid, 1994; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Galati University, 1993; Graduate Studies, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, 1992. Research interests include Structural health monitoring and sensors based on nonlinear dynamics and chaos; linear and nonlinear reduced order models; pattern formation and control of chaos; computer fluid dynamics of unsteady flows; nonlinear unsteady aerodynamics. Associate Fellow, American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA); 1938E Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007; Outstanding Achievement Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, April 2006; 6 invited lectures, plenaries and keynotes; Invited by the National Academy of Engineering, to participate at the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Niskayuna, NY, September 2005.

Tulga Ersal
Thrust Area 1 Leader

Tulga Ersal received the B.S. degree from the Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2001, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, in 2003 and 2007, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. He is currently an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Tulga Ersal's research is in the field of system dynamics and control. He is interested in mathematical modeling, model reduction, multibody dynamics, networked hardware-in-the-loop simulation, system identification, and advanced control techniques with applications to energy systems (e.g., batteries, vehicle powertrains, microgrids), vehicle systems (e.g., autonomous vehicles, vehicle dynamics, powertrain management, driver distraction), and biomechanics (e.g. human balance). Dr. Ersal is an Associate Editor, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (2014), Vice-Chair of the Model Identification and Intelligent Systems Technical Committee of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (Oct 2012 – present).

Georges M. Fadel
Clemson University Team Leader

Professor & ExxonMobil Employees' Chaired Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Clemson University; Co-Director and founder of the Clemson Research in Engineering Design and Optimization (CREDO) Laboratory. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) Zurich, Switzerland (1976), MS in Computer Science (1978) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1988) from Georgia Tech. Taught at Georgia Tech until 1992 and then joined the faculty at Clemson in the area of Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing. Areas of interest: Design methodology and automation, optimization, CAD, rapid and virtual prototyping, IT issues in design. Fellow of ASME, and member of SAE, AIAA, ISSMO and ACM.

Zoran Filipi

Professor Zoran Filipi is automotive engineering chair and executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Graduate Engineering Center at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). He is also the Timken Endowed Chair in Vehicle System Design at Clemson University ICAR. He comes to CU-ICAR from the University of Michigan, where he was the director of the Center for Engineering Excellence through Hybrid Technology and the deputy director of the Automotive Research Center, a U.S. Army Center of Excellence for modeling and simulation of ground vehicles. Prof. Filipi received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade in 1992, and joined the University of Michigan in 1994. His main research interests are alternative and hybrid powertrain systems, advanced IC engine concepts, and energy for transportation. He is the recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award, the IMechE Donald Julius Groen Award, and the U of M Research Faculty Achievement Award. He is an SAE Fellow and a member of the SAE Executive Committee for Powertrains, SAE Fuels and Lubricants Activity, the former Chair of the SAE Advanced Power Sources Committee and the Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 10 invited lectures, plenaries and keynotes, and 4 best paper awards for his ARC research.

R. Brent Gillespie

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Unversity of Michigan. B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Unversity of California, Davis (1986); M.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1989); M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (1993); Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (1996). Areas of Interest: Haptic interface to remote and virtual environments, force-reflecting interface for automobile and aircraft control, identification and control of discontinuous systems, and computational mutibody dynamics. Also involved in the design and anlysis of cobots (robots that collaborate with humans). Publications appear in such journals as IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Society memberships include ASME and IEEE.

David J. Gorsich
Government Leader & Chief Scientist 

Dr. David Gorsich is the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). He is the primary technical advisor to the Director of TARDEC and responsible for the organizations science and technology strategy, as well as the review of the TARDEC’s basic research programs. He is the organization's primary focal point to organizations such as DARPA and ARO, and serves as the technical director of the U.S. Army National Automotive Center. Previously Dr. Gorsich was the Director of Strategic Plans and Programs at TARDEC, and the Associate Director for Modeling and Simulation. As TARDEC's Associate Director for Simulation, he also was responsible for the Center's High Performance Computing program. Before 2003, Dr. Gorsich served as a research scientist in TARDEC's Robotics Lab as well as the leader of National Automotive Center's Vehicle Intelligence team. He has held numerous other positions at TARDEC, within the Program Managers office, and in Washington D.C. He has over 130 publications in the areas of simulation, reliability-based design optimization, terrain modeling, spatial statistics and other approximation methods. He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from M.I.T. in 2000, his M.S. in applied mathematics from George Washington University in 1994, and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 1990.

Naeim A. Henein

Professor, Director, Center for Automotive Research, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. BSME Cairo Univ. (1949), MSME Alexandria (1952), PhD University of Michigan (1957). Areas of interest: Combustion engines: gasoline and diesel, autoignition, combustion, heat transfer, cold starting, friction and wear. Over 190 publications, a book and two inventions. Fellow of ASME, SAE and ESD. Member: Combustion Institute and STLE. Recent 2013 ASME Certificate of Appreciation Award for Valued Services in Advancing the Engineering Profession and an ASME Honors Award for many years of loyal service and worthy contributions, and for guidance and leadership in Division activities.

Heath Hofmann

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan. Ph.D. (1998) and M.S. (1997) in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1992. Dr. Hofmann has been working in the area of electromechanical systems specializing in energy conversion for 20 years. His past experience includes the electromagnetic and thermal finite element analysis of electric machines, traction drives for electric and hybrid electric vehicles (EV/HEV), power electronics and energy harvesting. He has authored/co-authored 27 journal publications and 37 conference publications, 10 US and 1 European Patents, with 10 pending patent applications. Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion; Associate Editor, International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields.

Jingwen Hu

Dr. Hu is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests primarily focus on injury biomechanics in motor-vehicle crashes and falls by a multidisciplinary approach using combination of experimental, numerical, and epidemiological procedures. His recent research primarily focused on the development of parametric computational human models representing people in a diverse population. Such models have been used to study the injury mechanism and safety designs for various vulnerable populations, such as children, elderly, pedestrian, pregnant female, and obese occupants. He is an author of more than 45 journal articles and more than 30 conference papers. He is the lead author of 2 best paper awards and the "Mimics Innovation Award" on developing and applying human and dummy models for occupant protection in crashes.

Andrej Ivanco

Andrej Ivanco is a Research Assistant Professor at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). His research focuses mainly on (i) hybrid vehicle system level optimization and control, (ii) analysis of the population driving styles and patterns, (iii) hardware in the loop testing and validation. Prior to joining the Clemson University Department of Automotive Engineering in 2012, he worked for two years as a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan AutoLab. He holds a double PhD degree in Energetics from University of Orleans, France as well as in Technical Cybernetics form Czech Technical University in Prague from 2009. His list of publications includes over twenty peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, mainly in the area of hybrid vehicle design and control.

Marcis Jansons

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University (2005), M.S.M.E., New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1992, B.S.M.E., Rutgers University, 1990. Research interests: Engine technology, Combustion, Optical diagnostics, Propulsion systems; Ralph R. Teetor Education Award during the SAE 2012 World Congress. Engineering Student Faculty Board's 2013 Outstanding Faculty Service Award for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University; Fulbright Scholar, 2015-16.

Lin Ma

Lin Ma joined the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech in 2011, where he is currently an Associate Professor. Previously, he was involved in the ARC as well at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University (2006-2011). His teaching and research interests lie in propulsion systems and optical diagnostics. Dr. Ma uses advanced laser diagnostics extensively, ranging from improving the efficiency of engines, reducing the pollutants of combustors, to developing new engines. He is an Associate Fellow and Lifetime member of the AIAA, Fellow of the ASME, and member of the OSA and SAE. He was a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2009) for his project entitled "Resolving Turbulence-Chemistry Interaction Using Novel Laser Diagnostics". He received a Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence.

Jason Martz

Dr. Jason Martz is an Assistant Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (UM), and currently teaches the IC engines and Thermodynamics classes at UM, and has been working with engines and combustion for 17 years, including time at UM’s W.E. Lay Automotive Lab, the Large Engines and Alternative Fuels Group of Caterpillar Engine Research, and Wartsila NSD Corporation. Dr. Martz’s research interests include all facets of spark-ignited, Diesel and low-temperature combustion within engines. He has authored or co-authored 28 journal and conference papers in this space. He has extensive experience with CFD and Thermodynamic modeling of engines and flames, all with chemistry, along with CFD and Thermodynamic combustion model development, mechanism reduction and surrogate optimization and development. He separated from the Naval Reserve in 2012 as a Lieutenant Commander (O-4). Dr. Martz is a 2017 recipient of the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and teaches ME235 Thermodynamics and ME438 Internal Combustion Engines courses at the U of M.

Zissimos P. Mourelatos
Thrust Area 5, Oakland University Team Leader

Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University. BS in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1980); MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan (1982); MSE in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (1983); PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan (1985). Senior Research Engineer (1985-1991) and Staff Research Engineer (1992-2002), General Motors R&D Center. Adjunct Lecturer (1986-1992), Adjunct Assistant Professor (1992-1998) and Adjunct Associate Professor (1998-2002), University of Michigan. Interests include Design under Uncertainty; Reliability-Based Design Optimization (RBDO); Reliability Analysis with Insufficient Data; Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) under Uncertainty; Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH); Internal Combustion Engine Dynamics; Dynamic Substructuring of Large-Scale, Complex Structures. One book, 5 book chapters and over 170 journal and conference articles. Member of SAE, ASME and AIAA, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Reliability and Safety, Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, and SAE Fellow. Recipient of two Cowell Merit Awards, SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker and SAE Forest R. McFarland awards.

Simona Onori

Dr. Onori received her Laurea Degree, summa cum laude, (CSE) in 2003, her M.S. (ECE) in 2004, her Ph.D. (Control Engineering) in 2007, from University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, and University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, respectively. Prior to joining the Clemson University Department of Automotive Engineering faculty in August 2013, Dr. Onori was a research scientist at the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University (CAR-OSU) and lecturer at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, as well as Program Manager of the automotive industry research consortium at CAR-OSU, which includes the participation of 20 automotive OEMs and suppliers. She has also previously worked with IBM (2000-2002) as well as Thales-Alenia Space (2007) in Rome, Italy. Her background is in control system theory and her current research interests are in ground vehicle propulsion systems, including electric and hybrid-electric drivetrains, energy storage systems, and emission control systems. Her areas of emphasis within these categories are 1) physics-based modeling, simulation, optimization and control for advanced powertrain systems, 2) integrated power train control and optimization, 3) damage propagation modeling in complex systems, and 4) aging, characterization, modeling and identification of energy storage systems (e.g., lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries, supercapacitors) for state of health estimation and remaining useful life prediction. She has co-authored a book on Energy Management Strategies for HEVs (edited by Springer), two-book chapters and more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences. She is chair of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee of Automotive Control, and vice-chair of IFAC Technical Committee of Automotive Control and member of IEEE, ASME, SAE and JES. She serves in the IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board and in the ASME DSCD as an Associate Editor. She is the recipient of the 2016 Energy Leadership Award in the category Emerging Leader (for the Carolinas), the 2015 Innovision Award (South Carolina), 2012 Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award by OSU College of Engineering and the TechColumbus 2011 Outstanding Technology Team.

Dimitra Panagou

Dimitra Panagou is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Aerospace Engineering Department. Her research interests include the fields of motion planning, coordination and control of complex dynamical systems, with applications in unmanned aerial systems, multi-vehicle systems (ground, marine, aerial, space) and robotic networks. She received the PhD degree in Engineering (April 2012) and the Diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering (February 2006) from the School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Dimitra’s research program emphasizes in the exploration, development and implementation of control theoretic methods in order to address real world constrained control problems via analytic, provably correct solutions. Her research spans the areas of nonlinear systems and control, decentralized/ distributed systems and control, motion and path planning, switched and hybrid systems, constrained decision making and control, and networked robotic/control systems. Multi-objective (semi-)cooperative control problems, such as distributed dynamic coverage, collision avoidance and connectivity maintenance for multi-agent systems in constrained environments are, among others, some examples of her research pursuits.

Panos Y. Papalambros
ARC Founding Director

James B. Angell Distinguished University Professor, Donald C. Graham Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Art and Design, Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan. Diploma ME/EE NTU-Athens (1974), MS and PhD Stanford (1976, 1979). Faculty member at Michigan since 1979; ME department Chair 1992-98, 2007-08; founding director of Ford Automotive Structural Durability Simulation Center, US Army Automotive Research Center, General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory; Chair of the Integrative Systems & Design Division, College of Engineering. Areas of interest: design methods and systems design optimization, with applications to product development, and automotive systems. Publications: over 250 articles; textbook Principles of Optimal Design: Modeling and Computation (1988, 1991, 2000). Society memberships: ASME, INFORMS, MPS, SIAM, SME, SAE, AIAA, ISSMO and ASEE. Editorial Boards: Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Design, Engineering Optimization, Computer-Integrated Engineering, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, and Engineering Simulation. Fellow of ASME and SAE, and the recipient of the ASME Design Automation Award (1998), ASME Machine Design Award (1999), Japan SME Design and Systems Achievement Award (2004), ASME Joel and Ruth Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award (2007), and the Stephen S. Attwood Award (highest engineering honor in the University of Michigan, 2009).

Matthew Reed
Thrust Area 2 Leader

Dr. Reed is a research professor and head of the Biosciences Group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Dr. Reed is also a research professor in Industrial and Operations Engineering and directs the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory in the Center for Ergonomics. Dr. Reed’s research focuses on physical ergonomics, engineering anthropometry, and vehicle safety. He has conducted research on occupant restraint systems, emphasizing investigation of airbag-induced injuries, crash dummy positioning procedures, belt restraints, and child passenger safety. He has developed tools for the ergonomic design of vehicle interiors, including widely used posture prediction and motion simulation algorithms for use with digital human figure models. He has conducted extensive research in engineering anthropometry and computational modeling of human anatomy. He is an author of more than 180 publications relating to humans in engineered systems. Dr. Reed is a Fellow in SAE International and a member of the SAE Human Accommodation and Design Devices Committee, Driver Vision Standards Committee, and Truck and Bus Human Factors Committee. Dr. Reed has received the SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation nine times, as well as the Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award in 1997, 2004, and 2010. He has received outstanding paper awards from the Society of Automotive Engineers: the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award in 2005, the Myers Award in 2000, and the Isbrandt Award for crash safety research in 1996 and 2004.

Corina Sandu
Virginia Tech Team Leader

Dr. Sandu graduated with an Engineer Diploma from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Bucharest Polytechnic Institute, Romania, in 1991. For graduate studies she attended the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Iowa where she specialized in Vehicle Dynamics and Multibody System Dynamics. Dr. Sandu obtained her M.S. degree in 1995 and her Ph.D. in 2000. Between 1999 and 2003 she worked at Michigan Technological University as a visiting/research faculty. Dr. Sandu is currently a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Director of the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory at the Center for Vehicle Systems & Safety at Virginia Tech. Dr. Sandu also holds the position of Editor-in-Chief of the SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles (Dec. 2010) and has been an Editor of the Journal of Terramechanics since Nov. 2008. She has been elected as a fellow of ASME, 2012. Other recent awards include SAE Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical and Leadership Excellence in Commercial Vehicles Engineering, 2013; SAE Forest R. McFarland Award, 2013; ASME DED Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service as 14th AVT Conf. Chair, 2012; Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service, Virginia Tech, College of Eng., 2012. 7 invited lectures, plenaries and keynotes of her tire modeling work.

Peter Schihl
Government Technical Point of Contact

Dr. Peter "Pete" Schihl is currently the Senior Technical Expert of the RDECOM-TARDEC Ground Vehicle Propulsion and Mobility Laboratory. His research throughout the last fifteen years has concentrated on developing and experimentally validating simplified combustion and ignition models for military relevant diesel engines. To date, many articles have resulted from his work and he has received Department of Army recognition including Research and Development Achievement Awards in 2005 and 2009 for technical excellence. Dr. Schihl is a reviewer for SAE, ASME, and the Journal of Engine Research in his subject field of expertise, and since 1998 has been an invited reviewer at various Department of Energy Advanced Compression Ignition Engine Technology National Lab reviews. Dr. Schihl earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan that was focused on diesel combustion systems. Previous to the Army, he worked as a graduate research assistant at Oakland University studying a non-destructive optical technique for assessing thin coating thermal properties and also was a research assistant at the General Motors Research Laboratory studying the use of telemetry for indirectly measuring tappet stress in a pushrod Chevrolet engine. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lawrence Technological University.

Jason Siegel

Dr. Siegel joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering's research faculty as an assistant Research Scientist in 2012. His research areas include: sensor design and optimal placement, thermal management, mod- eling, neutron imaging of lithium ion batteries, hardware in the loop simulation of hybrid-electric vehicle battery, state of charge estimation and balancing control algorithms for lithium ion cells, modeling and simulation of ultra-capacitor battery hybrid systems. Degrees conferred by the University of Michigan, B.S.E in Electrical Engineering (Summa cum Laude, 2004), M.S.E in Electrical Engineering Systems (2006), Ph.D. Electrical Enginnering Systems, (Major in Control Systems, Minor in Signal Processing, 2010). He also serves as an advisor for battery pack testing and development to the University of Michigan Solar Car Team.

Anna G. Stefanopoulou

Anna G. Stefanopoulou is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing at the University of Michigan. She obtained her Diploma (1991, Nat. Tech. Univ. of Athens, Greece) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and her Ph.D. (1996, University of Michigan) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She was an assistant professor (1998-2000) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a technical specialist (1996-1997) at Ford Motor Company and a visiting professor (2006) at ETH, Zurich. She is an ASME and an IEEE Fellow, the Inaugural Chair of the ASME DSCD Energy Systems Technical Committee, a member of the SAE Dynamic System Modeling Standards Committee and a member of a U.S. National Academies committee on Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards. She was an elected member of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Board of Governors, and served as an associate editor of journals and member of multiple award committees in the IEEE and ASME societies. She is a recipient of multiple research and educational awards from SAE and ASME and selected as one of the 2002 world’s most promising innovators from the MIT Technology Review. She has co-authored a book on Control of Fuel Cell Power Systems, 10 US patents, 5 best paper awards and 200 publications on estimation and control of internal combustion engines and electrochemical systems such as fuel cells, batteries, and capacitors. More than 15 invited lectures, plenaries and keynotes.

Jeffrey L. Stein

Prof. Stein has been on faculty at The University of Michigan since 1983 becoming a Full Professor in 1996. He received his B.S. in premedical studies with a minor in Psychology (1973) from the Univ. of Massachusetts; his S.B. and S.M. (1976) and Ph.D. (1983) all in Mechanical Engineering and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Expertise: use of computer based modeling and simulation tools for system design and control with applications to sustainable transportation and advanced manufacturing. Program Chair, 2012 DSCC (Dynamic Systems and Control Conference); Former chair of the Executive Committee, and the Honors and Award Committee of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division; Associate Editor of Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory; Former Associate Editor of the ASME Transactions: Journal of Dynamics Systems Measurement and Control. DSC ASME DSCD Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award, 2012, ASME, Dedicated Service Award (2010) and ASME Fellow (2006). Invited Speaker, Congressional Briefing, “The Road to the New Energy Economy: Electric Cars”, March 23, 2011, Rayburn Office Bldg., Washington, DC. Invited Plenary Speaker, 2010 International Conference on Bond Graph Modeling, Orlando, FL. Authored or coauthored over 185 articles in journals and conference proceedings.

Hiroyuki Sugiyama

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Iowa. Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, 1999; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, 1997. Special Fields of Knowledge: Computational dynamics of multibody systems, vehicle dynamics, wheel/rail contact, tire/road interaction, mechanical vibration, finite element method. Present Research Interests: Flexible multibody dynamics, railroad vehicle dynamics, dynamics of tire, vehicle/turnout interaction, wind energy drivetrain modeling and simulation. Member: ASME, SAE. 2 invited lectures.

Levi T. Thompson

Richard E Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory, Director of the Michigan-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. B.ChE. from the University of Delaware, M.S.E. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Research focuses primarily on the design and development of high-performance catalytic, electrocatalytic and adsorbent materials, and defining relationships between the structure, composition and function of nanostructured catalytic and electrocatalytic materials. More than 200 publications and invited presentations including an invited contribution on batteries for the World Book Encyclopedia, and 10 patents. National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Engineering Society of Detroit Gold Award, Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award, Dow Chemical Good Teaching Award, College of Engineering Service Excellence Award, and Harold Johnson Diversity Award, 2006 Michiganian of the Year Award for his research, entrepreneurship and teaching. Served as Consulting Editor for the AIChE Journal, and presently on the DoE Hydrogen Technology Advisory Committee, National Academy’s Chemical Sciences Roundtable, External Advisory Committee for the Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Board of Directors.

Dawn Tilbury

Dawn M. Tilbury received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. In 1995, she joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is currently, with a joint appointment as Professor of EECS. She is co-author (with Joseph Hellerstein, Yixin Diao, and Sujay Parekh) of the textbook Feedback Control of Computing Systems. She received an NSF CAREER award in 1999, and is the 2001 recipient of the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, 2012 Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, and the 2014 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Michael Rabins Leadership Award, and has been selected for the 2014 Willie Hobbs Moore Trailblazer Award. Her research interests include distributed control of mechanical systems with network communication, logic control of manufacturing systems, and dynamic modeling and control of physiological systems. She is a Fellow of ASME, IEEE, and SWE. She previously served as Chair of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Executive Committee (2011-2012), Program Chair of the 2012 ACC and now General Chair of the 2014 ACC. Dr. Tilbury has been selected to be assistant director of NSF's Directorate for engineering, beginning June 2017 for up to a four-year term. She most recently served as chair of the College of Engineering Steering Committee on Advanced Manufacturing after a 3 year stint as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Engineering, U of M (2014-2016).

Ardalan Vahidi

Ardalan Vahidi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2005. He had obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering (1996 and 1998, Sharif University, Tehran) and his second M.S. in Transportation Safety (2002, George Washington University, Washington DC). He is now an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. His research interests include Energy Technology: Hybrid Electrics, Fuel Cells, Distributed Energy Systems, Vehicle Technology: Advanced Powertrain Control, Improved Mobility through Telematics, and Automatic Control: Optimization-Based Control, Adaptive Control.

Angela Violi

Associate Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan. Graduated 1994 B.S. in Chemical Engineering University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy, 1999 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy. Research interests include: Reaction Mechanisms for Real Fuels, Nanoparticle Growth and Self-assembly, Nanoparticle Interactions with Biomolecular Systems, Molecular Modeling of Complex Systems using Atomistic Models, Applied Chemical Kinetics, Aerosols. Honors and awards: Bernard Lewis Fellowship, International Combustion Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, for “High Quality Research in Combustion”, August 2000; John Zink Award, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2000.

Nickolas Vlahopoulos

Professor, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan. Graduated (1985) National Technical University of Athens, MS (1987), University of Michigan, MS (1988), University of Michigan, PhD (1989), University of Michigan. Worked in the industry for seven years before joining the University of Michigan in 9/96. Research is performed in the areas of finite element, boundary element, and energy finite element methods for computing noise and vibration. Sponsors include NSF, ONR, Michigan Seagrant, Ford Motor Co, Automated Analysis Corp, NASA, Bell Helicopter, Federal Mogul, and ARC. In the past research was sponsored by RDECOM through SBIR awards.

John Wagner

John Wagner joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University in 1998 as an Assistant Professor. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Purdue University. Dr. Wagner was previously on the engineering staff at Delco Electronics and Delphi Automotive Systems designing and testing automotive electronic control systems. Dr. Wagner's research interests include nonlinear control theory, behavioral modeling, diagnostic/prognostic strategies, and mechatronic system design with application to transportation systems. He has established the multi-disciplinary Automotive Research Laboratory and is an active participant in the Robotics & Mechatronics Laboratory. Dr. Wagner teaches dynamics systems and control courses with the recent development of the Rockwell Automation Mechatronics System Design Laboratory which features a variety of bench top experimental systems. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Clemson Society of Automotive Engineers chapter; society memberships include ASEE, ASME, IEEE, and SAE. 3 invited lectures on automotive cooling.

Yue Wang

Dr. Yue "Sophie" Wang is the Warren H. Owen – Duke Energy Assistant Professor of Engineering and the Director of the I2R laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Clemson University. She received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2011 and held a postdoctoral position in Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame from 2011 to 2012. Her research interests are the control of human-robot collaboration systems, symbolic robot motion planning, multi-agent systems, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Wang has received an AFOSR YIP award in 2016, an NSF CAREER award in 2015, Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and the Clemson University Mechanical Engineering Eastman Chemical Award for Excellence in 2015. Her research has been supported by NSF, AFOSR, AFRL, ARO, NASA EPSCoR, and Clemson University. Dr. Wang is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of ASME and AIAA. She serves as the Co-Chair of the IEEE Control System Society Technical Committee on Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Control since 2013.


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