Center for Tire Research
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 13th European Conference of the ISTVS   

Prof. Corina Sandu, Director of the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory and ME Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies, attended the 13th European Conference of the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems (ISTVS), Oct. 20-23, 2015, in Rome, Italy. Dr. Sandu had three peer-reviewed conference proceedings papers at the conference. She gave a presentation on “Development of a Tire-Ice Model (TIM)”, work resulted from a project funded by the NSF I/UCRC Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe). One of her PhD students, Emilio Jimenez, gave a presentation on “Handling Performance of Pneumatic Tires on Sandy Loam”, work funded by the Automotive Research Center/TARDEC (ARC). Emilio is currently working on a CenTiRe project. A third paper, “State-of-the-art and Future Developments in Integrated Chassis Control for Ground Vehicles”, resulted from work funded by the European Commission and was presented by one of Dr. Sandu’s international collaborators. At the Board of Directors meeting held at the conference, Dr. Corina Sandu and Dr. Schalk Els, Associate Professor at University of Pretoria, South Africa, were awarded the first ISTVS Collaborative Small Research Award. The award was given for the proposal entitled “Systematic Testing and Parameterization of Soft Soil for Vehicular Applications” and provides support for joint work by the two investigators and their students with direct benefits to ISTVS standards, as well as student exchanges. Dr. Sandu has been an active member of ISTVS for over 13 years, chairing its 17th International Conference at Virginia Tech in 2011. She served for 8 years as Editor of the ISTVS primary publication, Journal of Terramechanics. In 2014 she has been elected 2nd Vice-President of ISTVS.