Azim Eskandarian

Azim Eskandarian

Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-0532

Areas of Expertise

  • Transportation safety engineering


Professor Azim Eskandarian has three decades of R&D and engineering design experience in dynamic systems, controls, intelligent systems, and applied and computational mechanics, with applications in automotive engineering, transportation safety, intelligent vehicles, and robotics. As director of the Center for Intelligent Systems Research, he has been conducting leading research in intelligent vehicle systems for future automotive and transportation safety and efficiency, including active safety, driver assistance, collision avoidance, autonomous vehicle controls, and vehicle dynamics and control. His research labs include a car and a truck driving simulator and a new mobile robotics lab. His work also includes neuro-dynamics and cybernetics concerning human/driver tasks. As director of the National Crash Analysis Center, he has conducted and led pioneering research in impact dynamics, non-linear finite elements, and meshless methods for applications in crashworthiness, computer simulation and modeling of vehicle crashes, and design optimization of structures under impact loads.

Current Research

Intelligent systems; Dynamic systems and controls; Multi-body and impact dynamics; Intelligent and autonomous vehicles; Collision avoidance; Driver assistance systems; Vehicle active safety; Vehicle dynamics and control; Intelligent transportation systems; Transportation safety; Mechatronics and robotics; Applied mechanics; Non-linear dynamic FEM; Meshless methods; Crashworthiness; Semi-autonomous active vehicle steering control systems Integrated safety for driver assistance; Implementation of signal processing and feature extraction methods for drowsy/fatigued driver detection; Investigation of active systems for run-off-road countermeasures using vehicle dynamics modeling, simulation, and controls; V2V and V2I communications simulations for vehicle safety


D.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, The George Washington University, 1991
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1983
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, (with honors), The George Washington University, 1982


Member of ASME (DSC, ATS, and Mechatronics), IEEE (ITS, CSS, and RAS) and SAE; Active in Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee of ASME Dynamic Systems & Controls division, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society, and SAE Intelligent Vehicles.

Chair, Co-chair, and organizer of over 30 technical sessions, including General Chair and Co-chair of three international conferences.

Invited reviewer/panelist for government organizations, e.g., NSF, NAS, Canadian National Centers of Excellence and Foundation for Innovation, US DOT, and Arthur Fleming Award.

2004-present: Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems

2003-present: Associate Editor, Int. J. of Automotive Technology

2000-present: Editorial Board, J. of Multi-body Dynamics of Institution of Mechanical Engineers

2005-present: Editorial Board, Int. J. of Vehicle Autonomous Systems

2005-present: Editorial Board, Int. J. of Vehicle Information and Communication Systems

2008-2010: Elected member of Board of Governors of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society.

Classes Taught

Undergraduate: Introduction to Mechanics of Solids, Introduction to Engineering, Mechanical Design, Engineering Systems Design, Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms.

Graduate: System Dynamics Modeling and Control, Analytical Mechanics (Dynamics), Robotic Systems, Vehicle Dynamics, Numerical Methods in Engineering, Simulation and Visualization, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Intelligent Systems Theory and Applications.