SAE 2012 Heavy Truck Handling, Dynamics, & Control Symposium Speakers
Mehdi Ahmadian is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He is the founding director of CVeSS, RTL, Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER), and the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Dr. Ahmadian has authored more than 110 archival journal publications and more than 200 conference publications. He has made more than 200 technical presentations in topics related to advanced technologies for ground vehicles. He holds seven U.S. and international patents, and has edited four technical volumes. He currently serves as Editor for the International Journal of Vehicle Systems Dynamics and Editor-in-Chief for the journal of Shock and Vibration. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of the journal of Smart Materials Research, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Advances in Automotive Engineering. In the past, he has served as Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1989 - 1996), the AIAA Journal (2000 - 2008), and journal of Shock and Vibration (2003 - 2011). Dr. Ahmadian is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a member of the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is the recipient of the 2008 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Forest R. McFarland Award.
Matt Barrett has worked for Michelin North America for that past 14 years. He spent this first 2 years in France working for the Earthmover division on process and machine development. He returned to the United States where he spent 5 years in the earthmover manufacturing plant as a process engineer. The past 7 years he has been a product development engineer in the Heavy Truck division and is currently responsible for the product development of Michelin's X One product line. He received his BS from Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering and is MS from Virginia Tech in Engineering Science and Mechanics.
David Cebon is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is Director of the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium and leads Cambridge University Engineering Department's Transport Research Group and the Department's research theme 'Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure'. He serves on the Editorial Boards of three international journals. Professor Cebon's research covers the mechanical, civil, and materials aspects of road transport engineering. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 papers on dynamic loads of heavy vehicles, road and bridge response and damage, advanced suspension design for heavy vehicles, heavy vehicle safety issues, heavy vehicle fuel consumption and the micromechanics of asphalt deformation and fracture.
Alan's professional background within the automotive and commercial vehicle industry spans three decades. Most of his experience has focused on foundation brakes and brake control systems. He is currently responsible for advanced vehicle dynamics engineering and government affairs for Meritor WABCO. The products within his scope of control include antilock braking systems, stability control and driver assistance systems including collision mitigation, lane departure warning and event data recorders.
Alan is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Heavy Duty Brake Manufacturers Council, Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Douglas B. Pape
Mr. Pape's research interests include vehicle dynamics and highway safety, and he has led a number of projects to perform unusual experiments. He has supported NTRCI projects in braking, roll stability, and road departure recovery. He has spoken on heavy vehicle roll stability at meetings of SAE International, the Transportation Research Board, the National Transportation Safety Board, and at a series of cargo tank roll stability "summits" of government and industry. Mr. Pape earned a bachelor's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree from The Ohio State University, both in mechanical engineering.
Bob joined NHTSA 2 years ago as the Team Leader for Truck Safety Research. In that role, Bob is responsible for planning and executing NHTSA heavy vehicle research budget. Bob started his career for General Motors as a design engineer with responsibility for developing electronic emission controls for a variety of engines. Bob moved to the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton where he worked for the past 20 years in a variety of capacities within the heavy vehicle industry. Bob is a graduate of General Motors Institute, and has an MBA from Duke University.
Dr. Amandeep Singh is a senior mechanical engineer, subject matter expert at TARDEC in the vehicle dynamics M&S team. He performs research in mobility, driving simulator assisted efforts, reliability, and physical testing. Dr. Singh has published in a variety of journals and conferences, and has submitted a patent on reliability methods. Dr. Singh holds a MSME from Clemson University, specializing in vehicle dynamics and controls, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University on research in time-dependent reliability. He has over 18 years of experience at TARDEC, Chrysler and Ford, and, holds a registered Professional Engineering (PE) license with the State of Michigan.
Dan Williams has worked for TRW in commercial vehicle steering and passenger car suspension development roles for nearly 25 years. He received his BS and MS from Illinois and Ph.D. from Florida Tech in Mechanical Engineering, and also received a degree from Purdue where he is currently part-time Visiting Assistant Professor. He is active in SAE, a member of ASME and Tau Beta Pi, and a registered professional engineer. Dan will deliver the 2012 Buckendale Lecture at this coming SAE ComVec.