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)
6
9
n/a
PhD
One core course sequence
Expertise area courses1
Seminars on automotive topics (3 per semester)
6
18
n/a
Master with Non-Thesis Option 
Two core course sequences
Expertise area courses
Seminars on automotive topics (3 per semester)
12
12
n/a

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

Program Administration

The GS-ASM program is administered by the Graduate Studies Committees of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Please direct any questions to:

Professor Marcello Canova (MAE)
canova.1@osu.edu
Center for Automotive Research
The Ohio State University
930 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212

List of Suggested Expertise Area Courses

This list is not comprehensive. Students can consult with their Academic advisor and the GS-ASM Program Coordinator when picking classes if a class is not included below.

Power Electronics and Electric Machines

  • ECE 5025 - Power Electronics: Devices, Circuits, and Applications
  • ECE 5041 - Electric Machines
  • ECE 5042 - Power Systems
  • ECE 5541 - Sustainable Energy and Power Systems
  • ECE 7842 - Advanced Topics in Electric Machines

Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control

  • ME 5234 - Vehicle Dynamics
  • ME 5339 - Simulation Techniques for Dynamic System Analysis and Design
  • ME 5372 - Design and Control of Mechatronic Systems
  • ME 5665 - Reliability Engineering I
  • ME 5666 - Reliability Engineering II
  • ME 7370 - Measurement Systems and Experimental Techniques
  • ME 7290 - Digital Control Engineering
  • ME 7380 - Lumped Parameter Modeling and System Analysis
  • ME 8194 - Robust Control for Mechatronics Systems
  • ME 8312 - Diesel Powertrain Systems Control
  • ME 8322 - Vehicle System Dynamics and Control
  • ME 8372 - Fault Diagnosis in Dynamic Systems
  • ECE 5551 - State-Space Control Systems
  • ECE 5553 - Autonomy in Vehicles
  • ECE 5754 - Nonlinear Systems Theory
  • ECE 5557 - Control System Implementation Laboratory
  • ECE 7854 - Nonlinear and Adaptive Control
  • ECE 7858 - Intelligent Control
  • ECE 5465 - Advanced Microcomputers
  • ECE 5400 - Instrumentation, Signals, and Control in Transportation Applications
  • ECE 5554 - Powertrain Control
  • ECE 7855 - Large Scale and Cyber Physical Systems

Signal Processing

  • ECE 5200 - Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 6200 - Signal Processing
  • ECE 6202 - Stochastic Signal Processing
  • ME 5320H - Digital Signal Processing with Mechanical Engineering Applications
  • ME 8320 - Digital Signal and Random Data Analysis for Mechanical Systems

Mechatronics

  • ME 7752 - Mechanics and Control of Robots
  • ME 8194 - Robust Control for Mechatronics Systems
  • ME 8372 - Fault Diagnosis in Dynamic Systems
  • ECE 5463 - Introduction to Real Time Robotics Systems
  • ECE 6101 - Computer Communication Networks

Noise, Vibration and Dynamics

  • ME 5139 - Applied Finite Element Method
  • ME 5168 - Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • ME 5240 - Vibration and Acoustic Design
  • ME 7250 - Vibration of Discrete Systems
  • ME 8230 - Nonlinear Dynamics
  • ME 8250 - Vibration of Continuous Systems
  • ME 8260 - Advanced Engineering Acoustics

Computer Aided Design, Engineering & Manufacturing (CAD/CAE/CAM)

  • ME 5680 - Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
  • ME 5682.01 - Fundamentals of Product Design Engineering
  • ME 7761 - Optimum Design of Machines and Structures
  • ME 7751 - Advanced Kinematics and Mechanisms

Thermodynamics, Combustion Processes, and Emissions

  • ME 5427 - Turbomachinery
  • ME 5502 - Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ME 5530 - Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 5531 - Automotive Powertrain Laboratory
  • ME 6526 - Combustion
  • ME 7440 - Internal Combustion Engine Modeling
  • ME 7526 - Advanced Combustion
  • ME 8503 - Statistical Thermodynamics
  • ME 8514 - Optical Techniques for Flow Measurements

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

  • ME 6501 - Gas Dynamics
  • ME 6505 - Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 6507 - Intermediate Numerical Methods
  • ME 6510 - Intermediate Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ME 7511 - Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 7513 - Turbulence
  • ME 7520 - Wave Dynamics in Fluids
  • ME 8506 - Advanced Fluid Dynamics

Structural & Mechanical Design

  • ME 5144 - Engineering Fracture Mechanics
  • ME 5139 - Applied Finite Element Method
  • ME 7163 - Advanced Strength of Materials and Elasticity Theory
  • ME 7701 - Experimental Methods in Movement Biomechanics
  • ME 7765 - Principles and Applications of Tribology
  • ME 8043 - Advanced Elasticity