SAE 2012 Heavy Truck Handling, Dynamics, & Control Symposium Speakers
Virginia Tech Committee Co-Chair
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.
Michelin Americas Research Company, Committee Co-Chair
Anton F. Thomas is a Tire Performance Development Manager with Michelin Americas Research Company. In this role, he is responsible for simulation tool and test method development for performances related to tire-vehicle interaction, including noise-vibration-harshness, handling, suspension measurement & analysis, and uniformity. Previously, he was a tire performance engineer focusing on highway speed uniformity research.
Prior to joining Michelin, Anton received his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics (2006) and S.M. in Mechanical Engineering (2002) - both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology - for his research in computational modeling of nondestructive evaluation techniques. He also received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (1999).
Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Beshah Ayalew is an assistant professor and co-director of the DOE GATE Center of Excellence in Sustainable Vehicle Systems hosted at the Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). He received his MS (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. His research interest and expertise is in control systems applications to vehicle dynamics, advacned powertrains, and manufacturing processes. In 2011, Dr. Ayalew received the NSF CAREER Award for his work in Control of Processes Actuated with Mobile Radiant Sources. He was a recipient of the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award (2005) and the Ethiopian Scientific Society's Outstanding Student Academic Achievement Award (1995, 1996). He is an active member of the ASME, IEEE's Control Systems Society, and SAE.
Director of Business Development, ICAR
Suzanne Dickerson is the Director for International Business Development and Marketing at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Suzanne's experience includes 16 years in the automotive industry - 12 years within BMW working in the fields of corporate sustainability, innovation management and long-term strategic and structural planning. She began her career with BMW in Munich Germany at corporate headquarters upon completion of the prestigious Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Suzanne speaks fluent German and is also a Fellow of the Herbert Quandt Young Leaders Forum. Suzanne is a Board Member of the Southern Automotive Women's Forum and the South Carolina Automotive Council. Locally, Suzanne is a member of the Greenville Professional Women's Forum. Suzanne enjoys running, cycling and alpine skiing and relishes spending her free time with her three year old son.
Principal Engineer, Volvo Trucks North America
Dr. Stefan Jansson is a Principal Engineer at Volvo Grout Truck technology. He is currently working on the development of analysis methods and enabling technologies. Prior to joining Volvo he worked at TRW on the integrity of satellites and deployable aerospace structure. He has also a past in University research and education at, National Center for high performance Composites at University of California, National Center for composite Material Research at University of Illinois, and Chalmers University in Sweden.
Chief Engineer, Vehicle Dynamics, Navistar
Mathew Weber is the Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics at Navistar. He is responsible for ride & handling, steering, and braking performance development, and has particular interests in integrated vehicle solutions and the correlation of qualitative judgment. Prior to joining Navistar, Mathew worked in Vehicle Dynamics and Chassis engineering at both Harley-Davidson and Chrysler. He holds a BSME degree from the University of Illinois, an MSME from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and an MBA degree from Michigan State University.