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Center Leadership

The ARC Director is responsible for the leadership and administration of the center. The center also has an Executive Committee (ExCom) that reviews and approves research projects in ARC’s portfolio.

Dr. Bogdan Epureanu

Dr. Bogdan Epureanu
ARC Director and ExCom Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, U of M

Dr. David Gorsich

Dr. David Gorsich
ExCom Member, Chief Scientist, U.S. Army GVSC

Dr. Kira Barton

Dr. Kira Barton
ARC Associate Director and ExCom Member, Associate Professor, U of M

Dr. Ram Vasudevan

Dr. Ram Vasudevan
ARC Associate Director and ExCom Member, Assistant Professor, U of M

Dr. Denise Rizzo

Dr. Denise Rizzo
ExCom Member, S&T Fellow in the Office of the Chief Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, U.S. Army GVSC

Dr. P. Jayakumar

Dr. Paramsothy Jayakumar
ExCom Member, Senior Research Scientist, U.S. Army GVSC

Dr. Robert Sadowski

Dr. Robert Sadowski
ExCom Member, Chief Roboticist U.S. Army GVSC

Dr. Mark Brudnak

Dr. Mark Brudnak
ExCom Member, Senior Technical Expert for GVSC’s Immersive Simulation Directorate, U.S. Army GVSC

Dr. Zoran Filipi

Dr. Zoran Filipi
ExCom Member, Timken Endowed Chair in Vehicle System Design, Clemson University

Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich

Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich
ExCom Member, Professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham

External Review Board

The ARC leadership receives input critical for long term and strategic decisions as well as individual project evaluations from an External Review Board (ERB) that consists of distinguished researchers from academia, government, and industry.

Dr. Jian Cao
ERB Member, Cardiss Collins Professor of Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Vice President for Research, Northwestern U.

Dr. Horea Ilies
ERB Member, Professor & Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, U. of Connecticut

Dr. Raju Namburu
ERB Member, Chief Technology Officer, Sr. Scientific & Technical Manager, Info. Technology Lab., US Army Engineer Research & Development Center

Dr. Sally Shoop
ERB Member, Senior Research Engineer, Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab, US Army Engineer Research & Development Center

Dr. Eric Tseng
ERB Member, Senior Technical Leader, Ford Motor Co.

Dr. Stuart Young
ERB Member, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

GVSC Thrust Area Leads

The ARC activities are coordinated with our government partners. GVSC Thrust Area Leads spearhead the transition of technologies developed in the ARC to the U.S. Army. They also provide advisory opinions to the ExCom regarding projects and initiatives. Link to biographies.

Dr. Jonathon Smereka
Thrust Area 1 Co-Leader

Mr. Mike Cole
Thrust Area 1 Co-Leader

Mr. Victor Paul
Thrust Area 2 Leader

Dr. David Lamb
Thrust Area 3 Co-Leader

Dr. Katie Sebeck
Thrust Area 3 Co-Leader

Dr. Peter Schihl
Thrust Area 4 Co-Leader

Dr. Vamshi Korivi
Thrust Area 4 Co-Leader

Dr. Matt Castanier
Thrust Area 5 Co-Leader

Dr. Steve Rapp
Thrust Area 5 Co-Leader

Previous ARC Leaders

Prof. Panos Papalambros
ARC Founding Director (1994-2002)

Dr. Walter Bryzik
Government Leader (1994-2007)

Prof. Dennis Assanis
ARC Director (2002-2009)

Prof. Zoran Filipi
ARC Assistant Director (2002-2009), ARC Deputy Director (2009-2011)

Prof. Anna Stefanopoulou
ARC Director (2010-2018)

Prof. Dawn Tilbury
ARC Deputy Director (2011-2013)

Prof. Andre Boehman
ARC Deputy Director (2014-2020)