The automotive industry has helped shape the US economy for over a century. As the industry continues to rebound from the economic downturn, it is crucial for the state of Michigan to maintain its leading automotive presence through sustained research and development, workforce education and training.

Located in the industrial Midwest, Western Michigan University’s engineering faculty and staff have assisted the auto industry with applied research and technologies that have directly impacted product design, manufacturability, quality, and therefore, profitability. WMU’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation (CAViDS) was established to synergize the technical competence in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to develop innovative, numerical-simulation driven, applied research to help advance the design and analysis capability of our industry partners, while meeting the academic mission of the University. CAViDS provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia to develop breakthrough technical solutions that can have deep economic, social and environmental impact, while training top-notch U.S. engineers.