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Learn the simulation skills needed for meeting vehicle performance requirements.

Vehicle Dynamics—Graduate Certificate

Vehicle Dynamics

Get an automotive engineering grip on lateral and longitudinal vehicle dynamics.

Vehicle dynamics is more than vehicle engines and parts. Construct a model, perform simulations, and assess performance of vehicle dynamics relative to specifications. Mix in vehicle propulsion system design and integration. Apply methods to move the vehicle with basic controls. Formulate calibration strategies for dynamics and energy consumption. Learn the roles of suspension, tires, propulsion system designs, and chassis system integration. Students will adopt the principles of controls systems for traction, propulsion, braking, and automated driving.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Admissions requirement Acceptance to the Graduate School.
Contact Jason Blough
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

EE 3261 - Control Systems

Mathematical formulation of control problems (both transfer function and state-variable descriptions); analysis of feedback control systems (stability, transient performance, steady-state error, sensitivity, etc.); analog and digital simulation; and experiments with physical systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 3160

MEEM 3400 - Mechanical System Design and Analysis

In this course, students learn mechanical synthesis and analysis methods. They use case studies to develop relationships between design and performance. They apply synthesis methods to the design of a new product.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 2150 and MEEM 2700

MEEM 4775 - Analysis & Design of Feedback Control Systems

This course covers topics of control systems design. Course includes a review for modeling of dynamical systems, stability, and root locus design. Also covers control systems design in the frequency domain, fundamentals of digital control and nonlinear systems.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Eng-Eng Mechanics, Mechatronics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 3750

Take 6 credits of required courses.

EE 5812 may be taken instead of MEEM 5812.

MEEM 4450 - Vehicle Dynamics

This course will develop the models and techniques needed to predict the performance of a road vehicle during drive off, braking, ride, and steering maneuvers. Topics to be covered include: acceleration and braking performance, power train architecture, vehicle handling, suspension modeling, tire models, and steering control. Matlab, Adams Car, and Amesim, will be used as computational tools.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering; Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Junior, Senior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 3400 or EE 3261

MEEM 5812 - Automotive Control Systems

Introduction to automotive control systems. Modeling and control methods are presented for: air-fuel ratio, transient fuel, spark timing, idle speed, transmission, cruise speed, anti-lock brakes, traction, active suspension systems, and hybrid electric vehicles, Advanced control methodologies are introduced for appropriate applications.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Eng-Eng Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 4700 or MEEM 4775

EE 5812 - Automotive Control Systems

Introduction to automotive control systems. Modeling and control methods are presented for: air-fuel ratio, transient fuel, spark timing, idle speed, transmission, cruise speed, anti-lock brakes, traction, active suspension systems, and hybrid electric vehicles, Advanced control methodologies are introduced for appropriate applications.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Electrical & Computer Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 3261 or MEEM 4700 or MEEM 4775

Take a 3 credit elective course.

Take MEEM 5730 Dynamic System Simulation or MEEM 5701 Intermediate Dynamics. If selecting MEEM 5730 and it is not offered, take MEEM 5990.

MEEM 5701 - Intermediate Dynamics

Intermediate study of several topics in engineering dynamics, including three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics, generalized coordinates, Lagrange's equation, and Hamilton's principle. Uses computer-aided dynamic simulation tools for analyzing dynamic systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Eng-Eng Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 4901(C) or ENT 4950(C) or Graduate Status >= 1

MEEM 5990 - Special Topics

Study of selected subjects related to mechanical engineering or engineering mechanics.

  • Credits: variable to 3.0; May be repeated
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Permission of department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
MEEM 5701 MEEM 4450
MEEM 5812

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core proficiency in vehicle dynamics through project-based assignments dealing with open ended design and synthesis of multi-degree and multi-body simulation of vehicle chassis, suspension and tire systems under various road and surface conditions.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the applications of vehicle dynamics, propulsion and control techniques to engineering problems through use of design problem solving using digital tools to model and analysis vehicle system and subsystems under dynamic loading scenarios.
  3. Demonstrate professional skills of vehicle dynamics (simulation, modeling, written, and oral communication) through design project(s) in the certificate courses that require the student to follow the engineering “V” diagram and meet performance objectives by satisfying specified design requirements.

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Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Bo Chen

Bo Chen

Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Chen teaches on topics of embedded control system design and automotive control systems.

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Steven Ma

Steven Ma

Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Ma teaches courses in mechanical system design and analysis, advanced CAD and CAM methods, mechanism synthesis, dynamic modeling, and vehicle dynamics.

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Gordon Parker

Gordon Parker

John and Cathi Drake Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Parker teaches courses in dynamic systems, control, robotics, and mechatronics, as well as linear and nonlinear system theory.

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