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Vehicle Engineering

Personal transportation is an important engineering topic, due to its ubiquitousness in the developed world, its rapid growth in the developing world, and its very important effects on energy usage and pollution. Continued reliance upon automobiles for personal transportation will require new approaches to power these vehicles with appropriate energy sources, and also to reduce their effect on the environment. While great strides have been made in reducing emitted pollutants, significant challenges remain in further reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. New energy sources, such as batteries or fuel cells, will require significant development until their costs and reliability are equivalent to fossil-fueled spark ignition and compression ignition engines. And the continued development of human powered vehicles is also of interest. Vehicle engineering activities in the Sibley school focus on education through our courses in automotive engineering and combustion engines and fuel cells, while energy sources are studied in our future energy systems course. Systems engineering is taught in a variety of courses in MAE and elsewhere. Student project teams such as Mini Baja, FSAE, and 100+ MPG are additional means for students to learn vehicle engineering and do some research. More general research is in the areas of automobile aerodynamics, aerodynamic noise, systems engineering, and the energetics, stability and control of bicycles.

Research Area Faculty

  Name Department Contact
jc62.jpg Callister, John R.
Senior Lecturer and Harvey Kinzelberg Director of Entrepreneurship in Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 473 Upson Hall
607 255-5545
hbv1.jpg Voelcker, Herb
Charles W. Lake, Jr. Professor of Engineering Emeritus
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 410 Upson Hall
607 255-9654