Changes to ARC Thrust Areas 1 & 5 Leadership

        Announcing the following for Thrust Areas 1 (Dynamics and Control of Vehicles) and 5 (Vehicle System Integration, Optimization, and Robustness):

        Prof. Jeffrey Stein is handing over the reins of Thrust Area 1 to Dr. Tulga Ersal, and Dr. Matthew Castanier is assuming the role of TARDEC Leader of Thrust Area 5 from Dr. Mark Brudnak. We are very grateful to Prof. Stein and Dr. Brudnak for their many years of service and dedication to the ARC mission. They remain fully involved as Principal Investigator and TARDEC Quad Member respectively of active ARC projects.

        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. Prior to that, he was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. His research interests include modeling and control of dynamic systems, model order and structure reduction, multibody dynamics, integration of distributed hardware-in-the-loop systems, and biomechanics.

        Matthew P. Castanier is a Research Mechanical Engineer on the Data Analysis & Optimization Team at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC). His current research interests include reduced-order modeling of ground vehicle structures, modeling and simulation of automotive energy storage systems, and multidisciplinary design optimization. Dr. Castanier joined TARDEC in September 2008. Prior to that, he was a research faculty member for 12 years in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Castanier received his B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in 1989, 1992, and 1995, all from the University of Michigan. He has published more than 30 articles in archival journals and over 75 papers in refereed conference proceedings.