UWindsor engineering professor and alumnus Vijayakanthan Damodaran (MASc 1991, PhD 1996) was named a technical fellow by General Motors Company, a distinction highly regarded in the automotive industry.
The accolade recognizes an exceptional level of expertise, research contribution, dedication, and hard work; the requirements are rigorous, recommendations are earned, and standards must be met.
Dr. Damodaran’s technical fellowship is a result of his work in virtual thermal integration. His responsibility is to conduct critical analysis across all electric and internal combustion engine vehicles to ensure that appropriate physics and platforms are developed, implemented, and monitored during virtual thermal simulations. This would involve the integration of thermal, propulsion cooling, refrigeration, and airflow systems with controllers in the vehicle.
Damodaran attributes much of his success to the engineering program at the University of Windsor and the opportunities that Canada has provided.
“It is a tribute to our University and our professors from mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and industrial engineering departments who taught me,” says Damodaran. “I came to University of Windsor in 1989 from India for graduate studies. The University faculty took all efforts in making me feel at home in a Canada and guided me through my Master’s and PhD programs and gave me the foundational background that enabled me to get this unique opportunity with GM.”
Damordaran is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering and is a technical fellow in virtual thermal integration, global virtual design, development, and validation at General Motors.