Zachary D. Asher, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Western Michigan University. His research interests are focused on a real world realization of energy efficient and autonomous vehicles. To execute on this vision he actively seeks collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders in industry, government, and academia. He earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in May 2018, a M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2012, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in May 2009. He also worked full time in engineering industry from 2009 to 2015.