Who we are

The Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS) at Virginia Tech was established in 2004 by Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, J. Bernard Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and director of CVeSS. The Center consists of three laboratories: Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL, established 1995), Railway Technology Laboratory (RTL, established 2004),  and VT Rail (established 2012). The center is served by a large number of faculty members, research scientists, post-doctoral researchers, visiting scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students who support a diverse portfolio of projects.

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory

The Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Lab (AVDL) at Virginia Tech was established in 1995 by Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Dan Pletta professor in mechanical engineering. The lab has already obtained more than three million dollars of funded research in the areas of vehicle dynamics and control. Several other faculty members in the College of Engineering bring their expertise to the AVDL as well. Currently, the lab is served by several visiting scholars, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate students. Dr. Corina Sandu became the director of AVDL in 2004. The lab is now part of the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS).

Railway Technologies Laboratory

The Railway Technologies Lab (RTL) at Virginia Tech was established in 2004 as an Association of American Railroads (AAR) affiliated laboratory. Prior to 2004, rail dynamics activities were performed at Virginia Tech in the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the founding director of RTL. RTL is currently part of the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS) at Virginia Tech.


Virginia Tech’s Railroad advanced initiatives lab is an industrial affiliate group seeking to serve the railroad community. VT Rail operates as a R&D consortium. We offer technical expertise and more than 100 years of collective experience in dynamic systems, sensory technologies, data analysis, system design, turn key system development, simulation and modeling of complex systems and advanced systems that can improve railroad productivity and efficiency. We also provide our members with direct access to talented graduate and undergraduate students that can assist with your human resource recruiting and development. Member industries will benefit from training and courses that can be developed and offered for their specific needs.

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