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Automotive Engineering Research

Advanced Powertrains
Researchers focus on reducing the environmental impact of ground vehicles. Research focuses on advanced engine concepts, powertrain integration, flexible drivelines, electrification and connectivity, and hybrid propulsion.

working on a vehicle

Advanced Manufacturing & Materials
Researchers work to improve the highly coupled process of vehicle lightweight design and component production for increased efficiency, quality, sustainability and safety. Faculty conduct research in new manufacturing systems, continuous process improvement, sustainable manufacturing, and advanced materials - characterization, processing and manufacturing.

students working on the prototype vehicle

Design and Integration of Complex Systems
Researchers study and apply interdisciplinary, collaborative systems engineering approaches to create and integrate sustainable solutions that consider environmental, social, and economic factors. The focus areas include developing system-engineering processes and tools to connect the product/service under development with policies, legislation, and market aspects, by carefully balancing functional properties, design space, cost and weight.

Andrew McDowell Testing a Motor Driver

Connected and Automated Vehicles
Researchers in this area conduct targeted research related to automotive and aerospace vehicle electronics including electronic components, circuits, sensors, communications, power distribution and mechatronics with an emphasis on systems integration, electromagnetic compatibility and modeling.

Human Factors research using a drive simulator

Human Factors
The human factors/HMI research team strives to gain a greater understanding of human capacities and limitations. The team uses this information to create and improve tools and systems that maximize usability and user experience.