Extremely knowledgeable automotive engineering faculty, exceptional students, plus more than 70 years of theory and practice at the hub of one of America’s great industrial and technological centers—this winning combination places Lawrence Technological University in an ideal position to partner with the automotive industry.

A Winning Combination

LTU's Automotive Engineering Institute (AEI) is an applied research and academic organization focused on creating new knowledge in the field of automotive engineering. AEI extends LTU’s strong research and development capabilities to corporations and governmental organizations. This synergy benefits the entire field of ground vehicle applications. Industry experience and university expertise create a powerful team.


Research Strengths

  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Driveline technology
  • NVH
  • Emerging energy technologies (e.g., fuel cells)
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Emissions
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Fuel economy
  • Safety
  • Fasteners
  • Materials
  • Computer-aided engineering
  • Controls

The AEI can conduct applied research on multi-wheeled vehicles designed for various terrains for the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. Faculty and students in the AEI are eager to tackle complex research projects for automotive corporations.

Advantages Abound

The research possibilities are endless. As a nonprofit educational institution, LTU offers a cost-effective research option to industry and government.

  • Technology development for potential applications in new products
  • Deeper understanding and resolution of complex technical issues
  • Specific research projects
  • Innovative solutions to recurring problems
  • Access to multidisciplinary faculty expertise
  • Custom-designed university courses
  • Use of automotive research database
  • Access to motivated, highly-skilled, future engineers, many of whom are in graduate programs

A Matter of Degrees

LTU supports a Master of Science in Automotive Engineering program and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program with a concentration in automotive engineering. Students participate in national competitions, such as Formula SAE, Baja SAE, and Supermileage and rank among the top performing teams. Graduates seek additional learning opportunities through applied research projects and doctoral programs. They also offer fresh ideas and perspectives to participating firms and organizations.


Four-Wheel Drive Chassis Dynamometer

  • Unique 4x4 vehicle chassis dynamometer with individual wheel torque electronic controls of one, two, three, or all four drive wheels and speed capability of up to 100 mph.
  • Four individual wheel power absorbers with 175 HP per wheel capability for continuous operation and up to 350 HP intermittently.
  • Adjustable 89-135 inch wheelbase with an extension up to 175 inches. vehicle performance: open and limited slip differentials, locking differentials, viscous drive, traction control, and other mechanical and mechatronic driveline systems.
  • Research wheel power balance to improve tire design.
  • Research in these areas and more:
  • Durability
  • Stability
  • Acceleration
  • Braking
  • Safety
  • Emissions
  • NVH

Become an Automotive Engineering Institute Partner

For more information on partnering with Lawrence Tech and the Automotive Engineering Institute, contact Dr. Badih Jawad at 248.204.2553 or email mechair@ltu.edu or bjawad@ltu.edu .