Department of Automotive Engineering

Manufacturing and Materials Research Team

Dr. Fadi Abu-Farha
Lightweight materials and their utilization in the transportation sector (focus on AHSSs, Aluminium and magnesium alloy sheets); advanced material testing and characterization (digital image correlation, complex loading cases, formability); modelling material deformation in manufacturing processes; development of novel manufacturing processes (friction stir forming, hot blank-cold die stamping, hybrid mechanical-pneumatic sheet forming); advanced material processing (friction stirring, accumulative roll bonding, thermo-mechanical processing); joining of dissimilar materials and hybrid-material structures

Dr. Beshah Ayalew
Distributed parameter system modeling, estimation and control with applications to radiant source actuated process (UV, IR, Laser); optimal control of additive manufacturing processes; polymer composite/resin processing

Dr. Laine Mears
Model-based control of manufacturing processes and extensions to system-level learning (information-enabled manufacturing, per-part intelligence, predictive maintenance); integration of lightweight design and manufacturing, particularly multi-material joining and integration; novel process development to support new designs (manufacturing for design concept): electrically-assisted processing; model-based machining for difficult materials

Dr. Srikanth Pilla
Multi-functional structural composites and foams, fiber-reinforced materials, materials for extreme environments, self-repairing materials, sustainable biobased and biorenewable materials, and recycled materials; out-of-autoclave and UV-based curing technologies, gas-assisted foam processing, injection-molding, etc.; advanced materials characterization and evaluation using experimental mechanics (static and dynamic loadings), rheology, thermal, spectroscopic and microscopic methods; computational materials modeling and component-simulation and optimization using deterministic and probabilistic methods at multiple length scales;manufacturing process physics simulation including materials rheological studies and process parameters in injection molding, MuCell, RTM, etc; chemistry and physics based understanding of joining methods for dissimilar and hybrid materials and structures; stochastic based life-cycle impact and assessment (LCA)


The Department of Automotive Engineering is currently seeking a BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Manufacturing.