Student research presentations

Contact: Cindy Wagner

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two Western Michigan University doctoral students will present their research projects during a Custer Speaker Series event slated for Tuesday, March 22, at 12:30 p.m. in D-132 Floyd Hall on the Parkview Campus. Lunch will be provided. 


Farhang Motallebi

Farhang Motallebi, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, will share details about his research—Mobility Energy Productivity Evaluation of Prediction-based Vehicle Powertrain Control Combined with Optimal Traffic Management. Araghi works under Dr. Zachary Asher in the Energy Efficient and Autonomous Vehicles Lab. He received his Master of Science in automotive engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology. His research interest is in vehicle automation and intelligent transportation infrastructure. He is focusing on developing technologies in optimization, control and machine learning to improve energy efficiency and mobility for automated vehicles.

Johan Fanas

Johan Fanas, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, will present information about his research project—Performance Evaluation of an Autonomous Vehicle Using Resilience Engineering. Fanas works under Asher in the Energy Efficient and Autonomous Vehicles Lab. He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Technological Institute of Santo Domingo and his Master of Science at Western. His research interest is autonomous vehicles, robotics and artificial intelligence. He focuses on developing new system evaluation metrics for autonomous vehicles, localization, controls and using artificial intelligence to improve operational resilience.


Open to the public and hosted by WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Custer Speaker Series is designed for students, faculty and community members to hear from professionals on topics that broaden attendees’ understanding of the world and add depth to experiences. It is also an opportunity for our alumni and community members to engage with our students, potential future employees. Find more information about the series.

For more information about this event, email Carey Schoolmaster or call (269) 276-3245.

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