Integrated Vehicle Design Laboratory

Automotive vehicle design is a challenging process that requires knowledge from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, business, policy, and industrial design. Many times these core disciplines and even their corresponding sub-disciplines have strong tradeoffs among one another, and so it becomes critical that design decisions are made in an integrated manner to account for these interactions.

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In practice, this may be accomplished qualitatively through cross-disciplinary design teams. Although such approaches are both useful and necessary, they are limited since they do not explicitly address the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary interactions in a quantitatively rigorous manner.

Our mission is to complement qualitative methods for integrated vehicle design by developing and using novel, quantitative integrated design methods that can facilitate the determination of the best overall vehicle design solutions.

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Faculty

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Michael Alexander-Ramos

Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

688 Rhodes Hall

(513)-556-6402

Research Interests: Multidisciplinary modeling & design optimization; electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell electric vehicle design; automotive systems design; engineering design under aesthetic, business, and/or governmental policy considerations

Current Members

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Gulnaaz Afzal

M.S. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering

Research interests: Hybrid-electric propulsion systems; electric ears; autonomous driving systems; design, manufacture, and testing of Hyperloop; battery-enabled turboprops; flight control systems; fluid mechanics; design of noise cancellation device

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Thibaut Amoussougbo

M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Automotive industries; design optimization; fuel-efficient vehicle; autonomous vehicle; manufacturing processes; entrepreneurship.

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Saeed Azad

Ph.D. Pre-Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Multidisciplinary modeling & design optimization of automotive systems; electric & hybrid-electric vehicle design; powertrain design; vehicle dynamics; crashworthiness; finite element analysis; computer-aided engineering.

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Mohammad Behtash

M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Multidisciplinary modeling & design optimization of automotive systems; electric & hybrid-electric vehicle design; powertrain design; vehicle dynamics; crashworthiness; finite element analysis; computer-aided engineering.

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Abhivamshi Maduri

M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Hybrid-electric vehicles; multidisciplinary design optimization; automotive systems design; autonomous vehicles; computer-aided design.

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Sai Krishna Sumanth (Sumanth) Nakka

M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Hybrid-electric ground vehicles design; hybrid-electric UAV design; multidisciplinary design optimization; automotive systems design.

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Sushant Thotakura

M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: Multidisciplinary design optimization; hybrid-electric vehicles; vehicle powertrains; alternate energy sources for vehicle propulsion; alternate powertrain for propulsion.

Former Members

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Arian Houshmand

M.S., Mechanical Engineering (2016)