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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Sc.D. Automobile and Tractor Engineering, Belarusian National Technical University, 1992
Ph.D. Automobile and Tractor Engineering, Belarusian National Technical University (former Belarusian Polytechnic Institute), 1981
Dip.-Eng. Summa Cum Laude Mechanical Engineering with major in Automobile and Tractor Engineering, Belarusian Polytechnic Institute, 1977

Vladimir Vantsevich is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He serves as co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Institute (AVMI). Prior to WPI, he worked as a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Michigan. Before LTU, Dr. Vantsevich was a professor of Belarusian National Technical University and the Head of Research and Design Group on Multi-Wheel Drive Vehicles that designed and developed mechatronic and mechanical driveline systems for various purpose vehicles in Belarus.

Dr. Vantsevich’s research and engineering area is vehicle mechanical and intelligent mechatronic multi-physics systems, system modeling, design and control. His research and design in autonomous ground vehicles includes but not limited to wheel power distribution optimization to enhance autonomous vehicle terrain mobility, maneuver, and energy efficiency. He originated coupled and interactive dynamics of vehicle systems, agile tire dynamics and related sensors and controls, and virtual drivelines for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Dr. Vantsevich is author and co-author of 7 technical books and 200 research articles, delivered more than 170 seminars and invited lectures to industry, academic institutions and professional societies across 18 countries. He is a registered inventor of the U.S.S.R. with 30 certified inventions and U.S. provisional patent application.

Dr. Vantsevich was honored with Fellowship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is the Founder and Editor of two engineering book series, including Ground Vehicle Engineering Series with CRC Press and Robotics Engineering Series with ASME Press. Dr. Vantsevich is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Autonomous Vehicles and Systems, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Terramechanics. He serves as Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles.

He is the IFToMM TC Chair for Transportation Machinery Tech Committee. He is the Founder and Coordinator of the William Milliken Invited Lecture Award of the ASME Vehicle Design Committee. He is also a member of ISTVS, SAE, AUVSI, and ASABE. He served as the Chair of the ASME Vehicle Design Committee.

Scholarly Work

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Professional Highlights & Honors
AVT Panel Excellence Award - in scientific recognition for contribution to the Next-Generation NATO Reference Mobility Model Development and Demonstration , 2020
NATO Science and Technology Organization
Forest R. McFarland Award, 2020
ASME Design Engineering Division Thar Energy Design Award for significant contributions to the design research, innovation and product design in the areas related to energy engineering, 2017
Hyundai Distinguished Lecturer Award , 2016
University of California Davis
ASME Fellowship, 2006
Laureate, Best Mechanical Engineering Book of the Year, titled "Mobile Transport Machines: Interaction with Environment", 1999
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus


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