Graduate School

Vehicle Dynamics Certificate

Gain high-level skills for understanding the behavior of vehicles in motion.

There is an increasing demand for engineers whose understanding encompasses not just math and science, but also the computational aspects of vehicle dynamics. Michigan Tech’s graduate on-campus and online certificate in Vehicle Dynamics is taught by industry-connected faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. This certificate will build your theoretical knowledge in vehicle dynamics and provide opportunities to apply the theoretical concepts you have learned to solve real-world automotive engineering problems. 

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Vehicle dynamics is an essential component of vehicle and propulsion system engineering. It provides the concepts for assessing vehicle performance, enhancing vehicle dynamics, and minimizing potential accidents.

Who is this certificate for?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

What you’ll learn

The certificate equips students with tools and concepts to understand the behavior of vehicles in motion. You will develop the fundamental knowledge of lateral and longitudinal vehicle dynamics as well as the ability to adequately construct a model, perform simulations, and assess performance relative to targets and specifications. 

Topics include modeling, analysis and simulation of lateral and longitudinal vehicle characteristics, suspension, tires, propulsion system designs, and chassis system integration. You will learn principles of control systems for traction, propulsion, braking, and automated driving. You will also apply vehicle dynamics, propulsion, and control techniques to solve engineering problems. 

What you need to know

  • This is a 9-credit certificate for students pursuing industry careers who want to learn fundamental vehicle dynamics and develop modeling and simulation skills and be able to assess design tradeoffs for meeting performance requirements. It is also useful for students focused on research.
  • Students complete two required courses (Vehicle Dynamics and Automotive Control Systems, each 3 credits) and one 3-credit elective course.