By Paul Alongi, Clemson University

A new center will give Clemson University engineers a chance to work across disciplines to help shape the future of mobility in partnership with the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). The Virtual Prototyping of Ground Systems (VIPR-GS) Center brings together more than 65 faculty members and about the same number of students from seven departments across the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Their goal will be to develop virtual prototyping tools supporting the rapid transformation of U.S. Army fleets. The interdisciplinary research will be focused on autonomy-enabled ground vehicles, including digital engineering, next-generation propulsion and energy systems, and manned and unmanned teaming in unknown off-road environments. IDEAS Magazine spoke with faculty leaders about the research they will be conducting, what it means to the future of mobility and how the center helps solidify Clemson as a leading research institution.

Here’s what they had to say:

Christopher Edrington

Warren H. Owen Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Zoran Filipi

Timken Endowed Chair in Vehicle System Design and Chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering

Venkat Krovi

Michelin Endowed Chair in Vehicle Automation at Clemson University

Gregory Mocko

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Clemson’s Advanced Manufacturing Track

Chris Paredis

BMW Chair in Systems Integration

Robert Prucka

Alan Kulwicki Professor of Motorsports Engineering