Research Assistant Opportunity for ME Graduate Students

I am looking for graduate students starting in Fall 2018 to work on a project in the area of vibration and vehicle dynamics. The student(s) will be working on projects related to developing a nonlinear model for elastomer bushings in vehicles. The project is sponsored by one of the major automakers in Michigan. The applicants need to be motivated to work in this area and have a good understanding of mechanical engineering and vibrations.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in the field of MATLAB Programming, Multibody Simulations, Vehicle Dynamics, and Vibrations.

The students would start working in the NVH and Experimental Mechanics Laboratory (NVHEM Lab) in Fall 2018. The students are eligible to receive 20 hr/week support during their study upon satisfactory performance.

If interested, please email your resume along with a cover, letter, a copy of your GRE score, and your undergraduate transcript to Dr. Javad Baqersad at by Friday Oct 5. Please use “Application for RA Fall-18” as the subject of your email.


Current Projects:

  • Development of a Semi-Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Nondestructive Evaluation of Structures using Digital Image Correlation
  • Noise Modeling for Electric Motors using Electromagnetic and Vibroacoustic Simulation
  • MRI: Acquisition of a 3D Digital Image Correlation System to Enhance Research and Teaching at Kettering University
  • Nondestructive Evaluation of Composite Materials with Digital Image Correlation, Acoustic Emission, and Ultrasonic Testing
  • Experimental Modal Analysis on a Tire
  • A Multi-View Optical Technique to Obtain Mode Shapes of Structures
  • Strain Expansion Approach using DIC Mode Shapes
  • Effect of Number of Cams in the Tandem Cam Enveloping Model of Short Obstacles
  • Development of Tire State Estimator using SWIFT tire model for improved Active Safety

Capstone Projects:

  • Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of
    Kettering University Autonomous 1/10 Model Car (link to video)

Students in Winter 2018 term make an autonomous car using Traxxas RC Car


Video Description: “Kettering University students Ben Fick ’17, Matt Hoskins ’17, Sean Catt ’17, Joe Praski ’17, and faculty advisor Dr. Javad Baqersad designed and built a drone for their MECH 514 capstone project. The drone, armed with two high speed cameras, can be used for monitoring structural health and damage of wind turbines, bridges, and dams.”


  • Measuring Deformation of Moving Tire