Institutional Profile

Established in 1798, the University of Louisville is a state supported Tier 1 (Carnegie "RU/VH” classification) research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. The university has three campuses, including the 287-acre main Belknap Campus located three miles from downtown Louisville that will serve as the location for the university’s EV-STS site.

UofL is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor, master, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees. Total enrollment is 22,298, of whom 5,222 are graduate students (fall semester 2014). The university's 12 colleges and schools (among which is the J.B. Speed School of Engineering) conferred 4815 degrees in 2013-14, including nearly 500 doctorates. The university’s mission within the state university system is to serve as Kentucky's premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research institution. UofL has been recognized (Chronicle of Higher Education - Almanac Edition) as one of the fastest growing research universities in the nation, with $186 million invested in the research mission in 2012 alone, and more  than $109 million in external contracts received in 2014.

The University of Louisville is institutionally committed to sustainability, and President James Ramsey has set a goal of reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020.

Thrust  Area Research Interests

Electrified Vehicle Powertrains

 •  Battery abstractions for full-vehicle electrified powertrain models
 •  Advanced control and estimation schemes for battery pack management
 •  Solar cell/fuel cell/lithium-ion battery integration for automotive applications
 •  Advance control and estimation schemes for electric drives for powertrains
 •  Devices/circuits/controls utilizing wideband gap power semiconductors

Conventional Powertrains and Alternative Fuels

 •  Flow modeling and management in high pressure direct injection fuel systems
 •  Loss reduction in fuel-lubricated transfer and injector pumps
 •  Diesel engine fuel system electronics
 •  CNG utilization

Non-Powertrain Vehicle Systems

 •  Composite materials for lightweight vehicles
 •  Compliance characterization in thin-gauge body structure joints

Transportation Systems and Infrastructure

 •  Well-to-wheel energy use and environmental impact
Devices/circuits/control of vehicle to grid infrastructure for electric grid operations
 •  Power monitoring and control systems for EV charging

Design and Analysis Tools

 •  Function-based modeling and simulation software for vehicle duty cycle simulation
 •  Use of ARNL GREET analyses with architecture-level vehicle models
 •  Digital co-creation

Relevant Research Facilities

Core EV-STS Research Mission

 •  Automotive Fuel Cell Laboratory (ME)
 •  Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (ME)
 •  Control Systems Laboratory (ECE)
 •  Conn Center Laboratories for Battery Technologies and Advanced Materials
 •  Rapid Prototyping/Additive Manufacturing Center
 •  Vehicle Architecture Research Laboratory
 •  Vehicle Fabrication and Testing Facility (VFTF)

Supporting Facilities

 •  Dahlem Supercomputer Center
 •  Institute for Product Realization
 •  Micro/Nano Technology Center (MNTC)

 NSF Broader Impacts Mission

 •  Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning
 •  FirstBuild Learning Microfactory