Dr. Paul Venhovens is a leader in the field of automotive systems integration; he brings both academic and industry perspectives to his role at Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).
Prior to accepting his SmartState Endowed Chair, Dr. Venhovens was at BMW’s Research and Development headquarters in Munich, Germany, where he worked in the field of systems integration since joining the company in 1995. He most recently served as the leader for Functional Concept Design for the BMW 1 and 3 series with responsibility for functional design and integration of vehicle safety, noise/vibration/harshness (NVH), durability, performance, fuel economy, and vehicle dynamics.
Before joining BMW, he conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor, MI, in the area of simulation and control design for ITS (lane departure warning and control) applications.
At CU-ICAR, Dr. Venhovens' research focuses on the testing of vehicle systems and their components to ensure efficient and safe operation. His research addresses the increasingly complex needs of the worldwide automotive industry as a growing number of sophisticated electronic and mechanical systems must be seamlessly integrated in vehicles.
Recent research projects include the assessment of and guidelines for aftermarket chassis modifications with regard to roll and yaw stability, motorcycle safety, and the on-road assessment of the driving performance of aging drivers. He is also part of a collaborative research project with General Motors and Ohio State University looking at model-based system fault diagnosis and prognosis and predicting how vehicles age.