Previous ARC Researchers

Mehdi Ahmadian

Mehdi Ahmadian is the Dan Pletta Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He is the founding director of CVeSS, RTL, Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER), and the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Dr. Ahmadian has authored more than 200 technical publications, and has made more than one hundred technical presentations in topics related to advanced technologies for ground vehicles. He holds seven U.S. and international patents, and has edited three technical volumes. He is currently Associate Editor of AIAA Journal and the journal of Shock Vibration, and has served as Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1989 – 1996). Dr. Ahmadian is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a member of the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Dennis N. Assanis
ARC Director Emeritus

Dr. Assanis is currently Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University (Oct 2011). He also serves as Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs. While at The University of Michigan, he was the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director, General Motors Collaborative Research Lab (GMCRL). Director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. BS in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, England (1980); SM in both Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982); SM in Management of Technology from MIT's Sloan School of Management (1986); PhD in Power and Propulsion from MIT (1985). Assistant Professor (1985-90) and Associate Professor (1990-1994) of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Head of the Thermal Sciences/Systems Division II at UIUC and Associate Professor Supercomputing Applications (1992-1994). Research Scientist at UIUC's National Center for Supercomputing Applications (1991-1992). Research Positions: Argonne National Laboratory (1987-1994). Worked as a consultant to numerous projects in both the public and private sector. Research interests include Thermal and fluid sciences and their applications to automotive systems design; internal combustion engine processes and systems; development and validation of transient diesel engine simulation; in-cylinder CFD computations; experimental investigation of heat rejection; unburned hydrocarbon mechanisms and friction in spark-ignition engines.

Nabil G. Chalhoub

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Wayne State University (WSU). Diploma BSME and MSME WSU (1980, 1981), PhD - University of Michigan (1986). Areas of interest: Modeling and active control of flexible structures, robotics, solid-fluid interaction problems, internal combustion (IC) engines cycle simulations, IC engine dynamics and tribology, guidance and control of marine vessels, nonlinear robust controllers and observers, self-tuning fuzzy controllers. Over 55 publications. Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control; Associate Editor for the Journal of Vibration and Control. Fellow of ASME. Two invited talks. Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2008, College of Engineering, Wayne State University.

Hosam K Fathy

Research Fellow and Assistant Director, Automated Modeling Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan. Ph.D., 2003, The University of Michigan. M.S., 1999, Kansas State University. B.Sc., 1997, The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Areas of interest: automated proper modeling of dynamic systems; real-time HIL simulation of automotive systems; scalable system modeling; deterministic and stochastic approaches to model reduction; system identification; optimal design and optimal control of mechatronic systems; modeling, design, and control of conventional and hybrid powertrains; vehicle dynamics and safety; suspension and chassis dynamics; elevator dynamics and control; combined inertial-GPS avionics.

John B Ferris

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech. Ph.D., M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (1996, 1992). B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, 1990. Prof. Ferris conducted research in vehicle dynamics and chassis development in the automotive industry for 15 years before becoming a faculty member at Virginia Tech. He directs the Vehicle Terrain Performance Laboratory (part of Virginia Tech’s Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety) where his research specialties include Terrain measurement and modeling, Tire and Vehicle Dynamics, and Virtual Proving Grounds development.

Gregory M. Hulbert

Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan. BS Virginia Tech (78), MS Univ. of Wisconsin- Madison (79), Stanford (89). Areas of interest: flexible multibody system simulation, computational mechanics, system integration, terrain characterization and mobility, tire modeling, robotics modeling.

Dohoy Jung

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of
Michigan-Dearborn. B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul,
Korea (1989); M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
(1991); Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2001).
Research Engineer at Daewoo Motor Co., Inchon, Korea (1991-1996); Research Fellow at the
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2001-2002); Assistant Research Scientist at the
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2002-2008); Areas of Interest: Advanced energy
conversion in automotive applications; Internal combustion engines;; modeling and
simulation of engine processes and systems (turbocharging, combustion, heat transfer and
pollutant emissions, thermal management); hybrid powertrain; PEM fuel cell; vehicle and
powertrain system integration.

Noboru Kikuchi

Roger L. McCarthy Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan. BSE (1974) Tokyo Inst. of Tech MS (1975) PhD (1977) U of Texas. Areas of interest: structural design optimization, adaptive finite-element and difference methods for solids, large deformation analysis of finite strain elastic-plastic and viscoplastic materials for metal/sheet metal forming processes, computation mechanics of composite materials and contact friction interface mechanics. Published over 60 papers, 25 book chapters and co-authored Finite Element Methods in Mechanics, Contact Problems in Elasticity and Computational Contact Mechanics. Member of SIAM, ASME, SAE, SES, JSME and ASC.

Michael Kokkolaras

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, McGill University (2012). Associate Research Scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (2001-2012). Diploma in Aerospace Engineering, Munich University of Technology (1992); Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Rice University (1998). Areas of interests: multidisciplinary analysis and optimization, design under uncertainty, systems engineering, product platform and family design

Ikjin Lee

Post Doctoral Researcher of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa. BS, Seoul National University, Korea (2001); MS, Seoul National University, Korea (2003); PhD, The University of Iowa (2008); adjunct professor, The University of Iowa (2010). Areas of interest: reliability analysis and reliability-based design optimization (RBDO), robust design optimization (RDO), sampling-based RBDO, design under uncertainties with lack of statistical information.

Zheng-Dong Ma

Research Scientist Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan. BS(1981) MS(1984) Jilin University of Technology, China; PhD Kyoto University, Japan. Areas of interest: flexible multibody dynamics, structural dynamics, vibration and sound, structural optimization. Over 40 publications. Society membership: ASME, JMSE and USACM. Japan Association of Automatic Control Engineers Sawaragi Merit Award (1988), SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (1991), JSME Best Paper Award (1991), Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Best Paper Award (1995).

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.

Bernard Martin

Associate Professor, Department of Industrial And Operations Engineering, Research Scientist, Division of Kinesiology, The University of Michigan; Engineering Degree in Applied Physics, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique (Marseille, France); Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Doctorat Es Sciences in Life Science, Université de Provence, (Marseille, France); His research is centered on the study of human motion and muscle fatigue. He has a specific interest in sensorimotor control systems and the application of this knowledge to the fields of human performance, biomechanics ergonomics and hence to safety of human-machine interaction. Neurophysiological, behavioral, biomechanical and modeling approaches are used as complementary methods. Models of various types are used both to understand motor control and to design vehicle interiors, man-machine interfaces, workspace or hand tools.

Charles W. Monroe

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Chemical Engineering, 2004; B.S.E Princeton University, Chemical Engineering, 1999; Research interests: Modeling of batteries, fuel cells, and other electrochemical systems; nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; coupled and multicomponent transport theory. Bent Invited Lecture at the University of Missouri, Chemical Engineering Dept.; NSF CAREER Award for work on “Non-aqueous Redox Flow Batteries”, 2013.

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.

Huei Peng

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director, Automotive Engineering Program, University of Michigan. BS National Taiwan University-Taipei (1984), MS, Pennsylvania State University (1988), PhD, UC Berkeley (1992). Areas of interest include: adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems. Over 240 technical publications, including 105 in referred journals and transactions and four books. Fellow ASME and SAE. Associate editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. UofM College of Engineering David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award, 2014; Chang-Jiang Scholar Award, Tsinghua University, China, 2010; Outstanding Achievement Awards, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2005; NSF CAREER Award 1998 and 2002.

Juan Rivas

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Sc.D., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003-2006). General Electric, Global Research Center, NY, Lead Power Electronics Engineer (2007-2011). Thompson Consulting Inc., MA, Engineering Consultant (2006-2007). Comunicacion en Radio y Luz de Emergencia, Mexico, Chief Design Engineer (1999-2000). Research Interests: Power electronics and the design of electronic systems and controls for a wide variety of high performance systems, including radars, automotive electronics, and medical imaging systems. Research Areas: Integrated Circuits and VLSI; Energy Science and Engineering; Power and Energy. Areas of Specialty: Power/Energy Systems Analysis, Optimization and Control; Power Electronic Devices and Circuits; Renewable Energy (Solar Cells, Wind, Energy Scavenging); Power Electronic Circuits.

Jing Sun

Professor, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan. PhD '89, University of Southern California. MS '84, BSE '82, University of Science and Technology of China. IEEE Fellow and subject editor of the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing. 2003 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award for "the development of fuel efficient and environmentally friendly automotive powertrain through innovative application of control theory." More than 30 patents on automotive engine and aftertreatment control, co-author of textbook "Robust Adaptive Control" by Prentice Hall. Technical Leader at Ford Research Laboratories 1993-2003, received Ford Technical Achievement Award, Publication Award, and multiple Technical Innovation Awards. Current research interests include control system development and optimization for marine and automotive propulsion systems; modeling, control and optimization of fuel cell systems and fuel cell based combined heat and power (CHP) systems; adaptive control theory; advanced control methodologies and their applications to marine and automotive systems, and methodologies and tools for developing and managing complex dynamic control systems with interactive subsystems and constraints.

Tze-Chien Sun

Sun received a BS in Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1957 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1963. He is a Professor of Mathematics at Wayne State University in Michigan. His research interests include probability and statistics, and applied mathematics.

Dinu Taraza

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering Department, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1959) and PhD (1975), Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. Fulbright scholar (1968), University of Wisconsin. Visiting professor (1992), Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Areas of interest: dynamics, vibrations and tribology of IC engines, turbocharging, engine simulation, and engine diagnostics. Over 60 publications and two textbooks. Society memberships: SAE and SIAR.

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.


A. Galip Ulsoy

C. D. Mote, Jr. Distinguished University Professor and William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Served as founding Director of Ground Robotics Reliability Center (GRRC), founding Deputy Director of Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (ERC/RMS), founding Director of the Program in Manufacturing, Chair and Associate Chair of Department of Mechanical Engineering as well as Chair of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program. Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley (1979), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (1975), B.S. degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College (1973). Founding Editor of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Magazine, served as the Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control, (JDSMC) and as a member of the editorial board of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing and several other international journals. He has also served as a technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. National Academy of Engineering Member; Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Margaret Wiecek

Margaret M. Wiecek is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University. In 1979 she obtained a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and in 1984 a Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow, Poland. She has been at Clemson University since 1988. Her research area includes theory, methodology, and applications of mathematical programming with special interest in multi-criteria optimization and decision-making. She has been a visiting scholar at universities in Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, and New Zealand. In the United States, her research has been sponsored by the National Institute of Science and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Automotive Center. Member of INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science), MPS (the Mathematical Programming Society), and the International Society of Multiple Criteria Decision Making. 12 invited presentations of ARC work.