• Research

    Dynamic Systems and Controls;
    Intelligent Systems
    Multi-body and Impact Dynamics
    Applied Mechanics and Nano-mechanics
    Non-linear Dynamic FEM and Meshless Methods
    (Applications in)
    Intelligent and Autonomous Vehicles
    Collision Avoidance and Driver Assistance
    Vehicle Dynamics, Control, and Active Safety
    Intelligent Transportation Systems
    Mechatronics and Robotics; Neurodynamics
    Vehicle Crashworthiness and Occupant Injury Biomechanics

  • Professional History

    2015–Present, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Professor and Department Head
    2003–2015, The George Washington University, Professor
    2000–2003, The George Washington University, Associate Professor
    1993–2000, The George Washington University, Associate Research Professor
    1990–1992, Pennsylvania State University, Assistant Professor
    1989–1990, Pennsylvania State University, Instructor
    1983–1989, Mechanical Engineering/Project Engineer in Industry
    1982–1983, Virginia Tech, Research Assistant

  • Awards and Honors

    2019, Editor in Chief, IEEE Transactions on ITS
    2017, IEEE ITS Outstanding Research Award for Contributions to Autonomous Systems and Intelligent Machines

    2013, Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
    2013, Senior Member of IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers)
    2013, Article in IEEE Transactions on ITS among “Top 10 Best Research Papers” in 10 years 2000-09
    2012, ASME 2012 IMECE, Houston, TX, Nov. 9-15, 2012. Best Student Paper Award, second place, (Volume8: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids.)
    2011, Distinguished Researcher Award, School of Engineering and Applied Science, GWU
    2011, Certificate of Appreciation, ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Division for Local Arrangement Chairmanship of ASME DSC Conference
    2010, Among the highest cited authors of IEEE Transactions on ITS (documented by editorial board)
    2007-2013, Board of Governors of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, twice elected
    2006, SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Ten Year Service recognition
    2003, Recognition Award for Services as Director of FHWA/NHTSA National Crash Analysis Center 1998-02
    2000-2002, President of GW-Chapter of Sigma-Xi Scientific Research Society (Secretary during 1999-00)
    1988-1989, NASA PREST program Fellowship award at GWU
    1982, Superior Achievement Award in ME Design at the “Annual Senior Design Award Competition”, GWU
    1982, Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Fraternity
    1981, Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The George Washington University, 1991
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1983
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The George Washington University, 1982
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Azim Eskandarian

Department Head and Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs Chair