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Automotive Engineering Lecture Series

Each semester the Department of Automotive Engineering brings in key industry leaders and visionary academics to educate our students, alumni, and partners. Information on upcoming lectures will be posted here as it becomes available.

Our current lecture schedule and video from previous lectures are available below.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held in the AT&T Auditorium in the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center, 4 Research Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. The Campbell Center is located on the CU-ICAR campus. Directions can be found here.


“Driving, it's Not Just a Means of Transportation”


Miriam Monahan, M.S., OTR/L
Co-founder, Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist and Driving School Instructor    
Drive Fit, Inc.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
4-5 p.m.
AT&T Auditorium - Campbell Graduate Engineering Center

It is well known that In the US, driving is the primary means of transportation. However, we frequently overlook why people drive and what opportunities driving affords. This lecture will explore the unique relationship of drivers with the automobile at different stages in life. Participants will learn how medical conditions can interfere with a person’s ability to drive and negatively impact their quality of life. The lecture will identify essential considerations (person, vehicle, and environment) for all drivers across the lifespan and of different abilities.

 “Additive Manufacturing: In situ measurement to improve process  understanding and validate models”

Jarred Heigel, Ph.D. Candidate
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering   
Penn State University

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
2:30-3:30 p.m.
AT&T Auditorium - Campbell Graduate Engineering Center

Additive Manufacturing (AM) enables parts to be built through the layer-by-layer addition of molten metal. In Directed Energy Deposition AM, metal powder or wire is added into a melt pool that follows a pattern to fill in the cross section of the part. When compared to traditional manufacturing processes, AM has many advantages such as the ability to make internal features and to repair high-value parts. However, the large thermal gradients generated by AM result in plastic deformation. Developing accurate thermo-mechanical models enable the temperatures and distortion to be understood and controlled. Typically these models are validated by measuring the temperatures during the deposition of a small part and the final distortion of the part. Unfortunately this is not a sufficient validation method for non-linear thermo-mechanical models of AM processes which can require a significant amount of processing time. Instead, in-situ techniques must be developed to provide a sufficient validation of the model. This presentation will discuss the unique considerations of AM processes, as well as the efforts required to acquire measurements for model development and validation.


“Development of Computational Models as part of the Global Human Body Models Consortium: The Perspective of the Full Body Models Center of Expertise”