Dr. Sudesh Woodiga

Dr. Sudesh Woodiga received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and M.S and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University in 2006, 2008 and 2013, respectively.  Upon graduation in 2013, he joined Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., as an aerodynamics engineer.  He is currently the core experimental lead within the Aerodynamics Department at Ford Motor Company. His current area of technical interests are flow control for bluff body aerodynamics and advanced measurement techniques for fluid flows.

Aerodynamics in the Automotive Industry - Engineering for the Future
Aerodynamics is a critical discipline in the design of atmospheric vehicles in the aerospace and ground transportation industries.  In the ground transportation industry, aerodynamics is one of the few critical enablers to achieve the widely discussed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in the United States as well as the global focus on reducing greenhouse gases.  Aerodynamics is leveraged to achieve these goals by reducing the amount of power required to operate ground vehicles.  This talk will focus on the high-level fundamental approaches to reduce ground vehicle drag and lift and wrap up with a brief discussion on the speaker's perspective on achieving success as an engineer in the industry.