ME 5950/6950 -  Introduction to Self-Driving Vehicles (Spring 2020)

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  • Course Description

    • This course covers a holistic and interdisciplinary overview of the technology and concepts behind modern self-driving vehicles. Programming, electronics communication, controls, and mechanical system modeling techniques are developed and applied on an actual 2019 Kia Niro. 

  • Course Objectives

The intent of this course is for a student to attain:

      • Comfort and familiarity with programming, electronics communication, and mechanical system modeling concepts. 

      • Literacy with self-driving vehicle terminology, technology, general function, applications, as well as development and analysis procedures.

      • The ability to identify, specify, and analyze various self-driving vehicle technology packages used by companies in industry and academic research labs.

      • The ability to continue your own self-driving vehicle research or to begin working on self-driving vehicle projects in industry.


ME 4650 -  Vehicle Dynamics (Spring 2020)

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  • Course Description

    • Ride quality, handling, and safety requirements are used to design passive and active ground vehicle suspension and steering systems. Analysis techniques are developed using analytical solutions and by using commercial software.

  • Course Objectives

The intent of this course is for a student to attain:

      • The ability to design and evaluate ground vehicle suspension systems

      • Understanding of the overall ground vehicle system and how the suspension and dynamics affect other parts of the vehicle

      • Experience in applied dynamics for solving complicated real-world problems


ME 3580 - Mechanism Analysis (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, FALL 2020)​​

Photo of a prototype gear for a vehicle

  • Course Description

    • Graphical, analytical, and numerical techniques are developed for position, velocity, and acceleration analysis. These techniques are then applied to various mechanisms including cams, gears, and engines.

  • Course Objectives

    • An improved background in the fundamentals of kinematics and dynamics

    • Literacy with mechanism-related terminology, general function, and typical analysis procedures

    • The ability to identify, specify, and analyze various types of mechanisms including linkages and cams

  • Course Topics

    • Kinematics fundamentals

    • Position, velocity, and acceleration analysis

    • Graphical, analytical, and numerical analysis

    • Cam and gear train design

    • Dynamic force analysis

    • Engine and cam dynamics