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Graduate Specialization in Automotive Systems and Mobility

The Graduate Specialization in Automotive Systems and Mobility (GS-ASM) provides a unique opportunity for the MS and PhD students in the mechanical engineering graduate program to acquire specialized training, unique skills and real-world experience in their area of interest, which will enhance their degree with a focus on automotive systems and smart mobility. The GS-ASM requirements serve to enhance the skills and knowledge that graduate engineers will apply to complex automotive problems in the future. By the completion of their degree, students will better understand the perspectives, capabilities and approaches of other engineering disciplines, as well as their relevance to automotive systems. Students wishing to partake in the GS-ASM program are required to gain admission to the mechanical engineering graduate program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Program Features

Students are expected to prepare and implement a study plan that satisfies the program requirements and the GS ASM requirements. Each student will formulate a plan with the assistance of his/her advisor, and upon its completion, submit it to the graduate program.

Depending on whether they are completing the thesis, non-thesis or PhD, students fulfill the requirements of their selected focus area by completing one or two sequences of core courses. For more information on what constitutes a sequence, please refer to the Core Course Sequence Requirements table below.

After completing their core sequence, students enroll in a number of interdisciplinary courses that relate to their specified area of expertise. Generally, relevant courses on mathematics, statistics and computational methods qualify as expertise area courses.

Program Requirements

Thesis option and PhD students are required to take one core sequence while non-thesis students are required to take two course sequences. Regardless of whether a GS ASM student is completing a master’s thesis, non-thesis project or doctoral dissertation, it is required that the final research product is relevant to automotive systems.

In addition to the core sequence(s), students fill out the coursework portion of their degree requirements with an expertise area course, some of which should be drawn from the core focus area courses. A partial list of suggested expertise area courses is included on the right, with the exemption of available math courses that are excluded on the list due to their large number.

Program Option Courses Semester Hours
Master Thesis
One Core Course Sequence
Expertise area courses1
Seminars on automotive topics (3 per semester)
One core course sequence
Expertise area courses1
Seminars on automotive topics (3 per semester)
Master with Non-Thesis Option 
Two core course sequences
Expertise area courses
Seminars on automotive topics (3 per semester)

1 This must include at least one core course (from the list of core focus area courses) outside of your core focus area from which a sequence is chosen.

Core Course Sequence Requirement

To complete a core sequence, a student must select two or four (for MS non-thesis) courses from one of the core focus areas listed below. Under special circumstances—providing that the intent of the core sequence is preserved—students may substitute one of the core courses in a sequence. In the cases where prerequisites for core courses may not be waived, students should take the prerequisite course for credit and use these courses to satisfy other requirements posed by their graduate program.

Core sequences consist of subject matter that is crucial to form a comprehensive understanding of at least one important area in automotive systems. Additionally, the focus of each sequence aligns with the research specializations at the Center for Automotive Research.

Expertise Area Requirements

In addition to the Core Sequence Requirement, each GS-ASM student is required to take a minimum number of credit hours of expertise area coursework, as indicated in Table 1.  In order to fulfill the Expertise Area Requirement, at least three hours of the required coursework credits must be drawn from the list of core focus areas (Table 2). The remaining credits can be drawn from the partial list of expertise area courses shown in Table 3. Because courses not listed herein may qualify as expertise area courses (such as most mathematics courses available for graduate credit), the student must work out a plan with his/her advisor, and submit to the home department’s Graduate Studies Committee for approval (see below).

Seminars on Automotive Topics

All students participating in the GS ASM program are required to regularly attend seminars (minimum of 3 per semester) that focus on automotive systems topics. These seminars will feature a range of speakers and themes, and industry experts are often invited to share their insight with students as well and are held weekly at the Center for Automotive Research when classes are in session at the university. Generally, seminars focus on current work in automotive-related research, conveyed from the perspectives of practicing automotive engineers and managers.

Application and Enrollment

  1. During the semester the student plans to graduate, the student must submit the MAE Graduate Program Management form applying for the GS-ASM specialization. That option will appear in the "Graduation Checkout" process.
  2. The GS-ASM program administrator at CAR will check that the courses identified by the student satisfy the GS-ASM requirements as well as whether the thesis/non thesis/dissertation satisfies the requirements for the GS-ASM and will inform the student of acceptance into the program. That form must be submitted at least one month before commencement. Upon receiving notification from the GS-ASM program administrator at CAR , MAE will inform the Graduate School, who will issue the "Graduate Specialization in Automotive Systems and Mobility" on the student’s transcript.  

List of Core Course Sequences

Core Focus Area 1: Advanced Propulsion Systems, APS

  • ME 7383 - Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems for Automotive Applications
  • ME 7384 - Energy Modeling, Simulation, Optimization and Control of Advanced Vehicles

Core Focus Area 2: Powertrain Modeling and Control, PMC

  • ME 5339 - Simulation Techniques for Dynamic Systems Analysis and Design
  • ME 7236 - Powertrain Dynamics
  • ME 8312 - Diesel Powertrain Systems Control
  • ME 8372 - Fault Diagnosis in Dynamic Systems
  • ECE 5554 - Powertrain Control

Core Focus Area 3: Noise, Vibration and Harshness, NVH

  • ME 5240 - Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 5194 - Engineering Acoustics
  • ME 7260/7261 - Automotive Noise and Vibration Control I
  • ME 7262/7263 - Automotive Noise and Vibration Control II
  • ME 8260 - Advanced Engineering Acoustics

Core Focus Area 4: Internal Combustion Engines, ICE

  • ME 5427 - Turbomachinery
  • ME 5530 - Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 5531 - Automotive Powertrain Laboratory
  • ME 7440 - Internal Combustion Engine Modeling
  • ME 7520 - Wave Dynamics in Fluids

Core Focus Area 5: Electromechanical and Power Conversion Systems, EPC

  • ME 7384 - Energy Modeling, Simulation, Optimization and Control of Advanced Vehicles
  • ECE 5025 - Power Electronics Devices, Circuits and Applications
  • ECE 5041 - Electric Machine Fundamentals

Core Focus Area 6: Vehicle Systems – Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV)

  • ME 8194 - Robust Control for Mechatronics Systems
  • ME 8372 - Fault Diagnosis in Dynamic Systems
  • ECE 5400 - Instrumentation, Signals, and Control in Transportation Applications
  • ECE 5553 - Autonomy in Vehicles
  • ECE 7855 - Large Scale and Cyber-Physical Systems

Core Focus Area 7: Vehicle Systems – Vehicle Dynamics and Control

  • ME 5234 - Vehicle Dynamics
  • ME 8322 - Vehicle System Dynamics and Control
  • ME 8372 - Fault Diagnosis in Dynamic Systems