Mukul K. Verma, PhD (Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics) brings more than 35 years of industrial, academic and R&D experience to his work as a consultant. This experience has included several engineering and management assignments in design and testing of new vehicles at a major manufacturer. In these positions, he also led the implementation of numerous technical advances in vehicle design and in traffic safety. In addition, Dr. Verma has represented the US automobile manufacturers in international deliberations on future standards for traffic safety, including position as chairman of an international team of experts which he led to successfully develop technical solutions for urgent problems in occupants’ protection facing the automotive industry.
Dr. Verma’s recent academic experience has been in sustainable transportation technologies and he has taught graduate courses in mechatronics and in intelligent tires-and-vehicle systems. He has published more than thirty papers in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. In addition, he has served as invited speaker or as session organizer or chairman on other occasions. His interviews and opinions have appeared in the US and in international media.
Consulting Areas (See CV for projects & clients)
- Vehicle Engineering – Automobile design & testing. Passive Safety – airbags, sensors, structure components. Active Safety – Pre-crash sensors, Crash Avoidance, Autonomous braking. Electric vehicles’ functional safety.
- Sustainable Transportation Technologies – Designs for increased energy efficiency & safety. Intelligent Tires & Vehicles. Connected Vehicles. Mechatronics systems in ground vehicles.
- Product Liability and Forensic Engineering – Performance of vehicle structure, airbags, sensors, mechanical-electrical systems. Pedestrians’ safety. Pre-crash safety; accident avoidance. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. Post-crash protection.
- Intellectual Property: Analysis of Patent infringement and validity claims in areas of automotive safety systems (airbags, sensors, restraint systems, etc.), Tires and TPMS, Mechatronics components.a
His clients have included automobile manufacturers, large corporations, private citizens and government entities.
Areas of Expertise
• Vehicle Engineering (automobile design, analysis & testing)
• Traffic Safety – Occupant protection systems; Active safety and Crash Avoidance;
• Pre-Crash Safety – pre-crash sensors, autonomous braking, reversible restraints.
• Telematics systems for safety – crash notification systems, post-crash protection factors.
• Mechatronics systems in automobiles – vehicle-based sensors, intelligent vehicles & tires.
• Electrical/ hybrid / fuel cell vehicles – operational and crash safety, design integration.
• Transportation policy – sustainability & regulatory future -energy efficiency & environmental issues.
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Indian Inst of Science, Bangalore.
- B.S., Civil Engineering, Patna University.
- Consultant, M. P. Holcomb Engineering Corporation (2009- 2012)
- General Motors: (1978 -2008)- Technical Fellow /Principal Engineer/ Systems Manager/ Staff Engineer– Product Development Organization.
- Research Associate, Highway Safety Research Institute, U. of Michigan (1975-78)
Other Industry Experience
• Chairman, Experts’ Workgroup for Enhanced Vehicle Compatibility (2003-2008)
• US industry representative: – OICA/ Group of Experts on Passive Safety (France, 2007-2008); VC COMPAT Final Workshop (Netherlands, 2006), International Harmonization Research Association (Germany, 2005).
• GM representative to USCAR (2007-2008): – Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles’ safety.
• Technical Sessions Organizer / Chairperson: FISITA (International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies); SAE Annual Congress (1985 – current).
- Invited Course at 2014 Tire Industry Conference (Cologne) – Intelligent Vehicle-&-Tire Systems for Energy Efficiency and Safety.
- Professor of Mechanical Engineering (adjunct), University of Alabama at Birmingham (2013-current). Nonlinear Mechanics in Vehicle Engineering & Space Systems.
- Professor Mechatronics program – M.E. department (adjunct) , Lawrence Technological University, (2009- 2012). Mechatronics systems in vehicles.
- Graduate and Professional Development Courses- Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (Dearborn), 1978-1985
- GMU classes at General Motors for Engineers & managers – Vehicle design integrations for safety requirements.
TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS – INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS & CONFERENCES
1. Invited Lecture, “Sustainable Transportation & Intelligent Vehicle and tire Technologies”, Tire Technology Conference and Expo, Cologne, Germany, February 2013.
2. Verma, M., Vantsevich, V., Keynote Speech “Intelligent Tires – Past, Present and Future”, 4th Annual Conference on Intelligent Tire Technology, December 2011.
3. Verma, M., Goertz, A., “Preliminary Evaluations of Pre-crash Safety System Effectiveness”, Paper # 2010-01-1042, SAE Annual Congress, April 2010.
4. Verma, M., “Evaluation of MDB as a Car Surrogate in LTV-to-Car Frontal Compatibility Tests”: Part II – GM Test Results”, SAE Government – Industry Meeting, Washington DC, 2008.
5. Verma, M., Lange, R. and McGarry, D., “A Study of US Crash Statistics from Automatic Crash Notification Data”, Paper 07-0058, Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference, Lyon, France, 2007.
6. Subramaniam, K., Verma, M., Nagappala, R., Tedesco, R and Carlin, L., “Evaluation of Stiffness Matching Concepts for Vehicle Safety Improvement”, Paper 07-0112, Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference, Lyon, France 2007.
7. Verma, M., “Enhanced Vehicle Collision Compatibility – Progress Report of US Technical Workgroup for Front-to-Front Compatibility”, Paper 07-0291, Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference, Lyon, France 2007.
8. Peddi, S., Subramaniam, K., Sharma, V., Verma, M., Schuyten, H., “Development of Mobile Deformable Barrier as a Car Surrogate”, Paper 2007-01-1179, SAE Transactions – Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, 2007.
9. Verma, M., “Progress in Vehicle Collision Compatibility Improvements”, Paper 09, VC COMPAT Final Workshop, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2006.
10. Verma, M., Lavelle, J., Tan, S., and Lange, R.,“Injury Patterns and Effective Countermeasures for Vehicle Collision Compatibility”, Paper 05-0173, Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference, Washington DC, 2005.
11. Verma, M., “Vehicle to Vehicle Crashes – Steps towards Increased Compatibility”, International Automotive Technical Conference, Dresden, Germany, 2005.
12. Verma, M. Gupta, G., Sreekanth, M.,“Development of an MDB Concept for Crash Compatibility”, Paper 2005-01-1374, SAE Transactions, 2005, vol 114, p1645-1650.
13. Verma, M., “EVC Technical Work Group Status; Chairman’s Report”, SAE Government – Industry Meeting, 2005.
14. Verma, M., Nagappala, R., Murugan, M., Tung, Y., “Evaluation of Structural Parameters for vehicle crash compatibility”, International Journal of Crashworthiness, vol. 9, no. 4, 2004.
15. Verma, M., Nagappala, R., Tung, Y., Zimmerman, M., Murugan, M., Bernstein, M., “Significant Factors in Height of Force Measurements for Vehicle Collision Compatibility”, Paper 2004-01-1165, SAE Annual Congress, Detroit, 2004.
16. Verma, M., Lavelle, J., Lange, R., “Perspectives on Vehicle Crash Compatibility and Relationship to Other Safety Parameters”, Paper 412, Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference, Nagoya, Japan, 2003.
17. Verma, M., Lange, R, Lavelle, J., “Relationship of Crash Test Procedures to Vehicle Compatibility”, Paper 2003-01-0900, SAE Transactions, 2003, vol112, pp920-928.
18. Chandra, J., Wawa, C., Verma, M., “Implementation and Validation of a Finite Element Approach to Simulate Occupant Crashes with Airbags: Part 1- Airbag Model”, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, Vol. 169, 1993.
19. Chandra, J., Wawa, C., Verma, M., “Implementation and Validation of a Finite Element Approach to Simulate Occupant Crashes with Airbags; Part II – Airbag Coupling with Crash Victims”, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, Vol. 169, 1993.
20. Verma, M., Repa, B., “Pedestrian Impact Simulation- A Preliminary Study”, Paper 831601, Stapp Car Crash Conference, San Diego, 1983.
21. Verma, M., “Transient Response Test Procedures for Measuring Vehicle Directional Control”, Vehicle System Dynamics, 1981.
22. Verma, M., Gillespie, T., “Roll Dynamics of Commercial Vehicles”, Vehicle System Dynamics, 1980.
23. Verma, M., Scott, R., Segel, L., “Effect of Frame Compliance on the Lateral Dynamics of Motorcycles”, Vehicle System Dynamics, 1980.
24. Gillespie, T., Verma, M., “Analysis of Rollover Dynamics of Double-bottom Tankers”, Paper 781065, SAE Annual Congress, 1978.
25. Verma, M., “Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Motorcycle Dynamics”, PhD Thesis, University of Michigan, 1978.
26. Verma, M., Segel, L., Sayers, M., Winkler, C., Watanabe, Y., “A Study of the Free-Control Dynamics of Single-track Vehicles: The Adequacy of Linear Analysis”, University of Michigan Research Report, 1977.
27. Verma, M., KrishnaMurthy, A., “Inelastic Post-buckling of Columns of Variable Flexural Rigidity”, Mechanics Based Designs of Structures & Machines, Vol. 3, 1974
28. Verma, M., KrishnaMurty, A., “Nonlinear Vibrations of Non-uniform Beams with Concentrated Masses”, Journal of Sound & Vibration, Vol. 33, 1974.
29. Verma, M., KrishnaMurty, A., “Nonlinear Bending of Beams of Variable Cross-section”, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 1973.
30. Verma, M., KrishnaMurty, A., “Minimum Mass Design of Beams of Variable Cross-section”, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 1973.