Mobility, Automotive, & Transportation


Our Automotive and Transportation research activities are focused in:

  • Advanced and hybrid powertrains
  • Vehicle dynamics, system optimization, and control
  • High-performance structures and materials,
  • Advanced vehicle manufacturing
  • Advanced fuels and combustion processes

In addition to the internationally renowned Automotive Research Center, we receive sustained funding as the home to the General Motors-UM Automotive Collaborative Research Laboratory with three divisions focused on

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Engine Systems
  • Multi-Functional Vehicle Systems


  • Internal combustion engines
  • Combustion research
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Batteries and energy storage
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Systems
  • Powertrain Control
  • Biofuels
  • Friction
  • Brake systems
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Fracture and fatigue
  • Integrated vehicle systems modeling
  • Adhesives and fracture
  • Driver-vehicle interaction
  • Multi-vehicle dynamics
  • Autonomous vehicles

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