Located in the industrial Midwest, Western Michigan University’s engineering faculty and staff have assisted the vehicle 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, which can have deep economic, social and environmental impact, while training the next generation of U.S. engineers.

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Dynamics, control and noise

Koorosh Naghshineh, Alamgir Choudhury, Jennifer Hudson, Richard Meyer, Kapseong Ro

Engine and powertrain

Parviz Merati, Bade Shrestha, Ho Sung Lee, Claudia Fajardo


Tycho Fredericks, Steven Butt

Fluid and thermal management: computational and experimental

Parviz Merati, Tianshu Liu, Ho Sung Lee, Bade Shrestha, William Liou , Claudia Fajardo


David Meade, John Patten


Pnina Ari-Gur

Sensors, signal processing and wireless communications

Massood Atashbar, Murali Ghantasala,

Signal processing, wireless communications and fuzzy controllers

Ikhlas Abdel-Qader, Bradley Bazuin, Janos Grantner

Software development and integration

Mitchel Keil, Pavel Ikonomov, Kapseong Ro, Jun Oh, William Liou, Jorge Rodriguez

Vehicle simulators

Kapseong Ro, Jun Oh, Mitchel Keil, William Liou