Khaled Shahwan

Innovation & Advanced Development Engineering

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

At FCA’s Chrysler Technology Center since 1999, Dr. Shahwan has been holding several technical leadership positions in industry including the chairing of various pre-competitive joint collaboration activities with other OEMs, suppliers, and US-DoE (e.g., USCAR, USDRIVE). Dr. Shahwan chaired USDRIVE’s Materials Tech Team, USCAR’s Automotive Composites Consortium, and led numerous advanced enabling-technology development projects on lightweighting and high-performance composites. In his role within the advanced vehicle development and engineering organizations, he has been responsible for initiating and championing some of the first work within the auto industry focused on addressing several key and fundamental virtual-technology engineering challenges in understanding and predicting the response of high-performance composite structures.

In addition, Dr. Shahwan has been extensively involved in various active safety technologies and regulations, including driver assistance/ADAS. For years he has worked on the development of analysis technologies for computational assessments of several ADAS subsystems (e.g., ESC, FCW), radar and vision recognition systems, tires and rollover sensing, and vehicle dynamics and control.

Prior to joining FCA, Khaled worked for several years on advanced technology development assignments (onsite) at Ford Research Labs and Ford’s Advanced Vehicle Technologies/Engineering, including Vehicle Safety Engineering, CAE and Core Methodology Development Departments.

Dr. Shahwan is an elected Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal publications, conference presentations, and over 50 corporate and industry-government collaboration reports. He served and continues to serve on the editorial boards of international engineering journals (J. Engr. Mechanics ’04-’14, Int. J. Vehicle Design, Int. J. Vehicle Safety, and Int. J. Automotive Composites). Dr. Shahwan is a member of ASME, is a co-lead instructor at two SAE Engineering Academies on lightweighting and composites, and serves on the advisory board of the College of Engineering at San Francisco State University. Dr. Shahwan holds an EIT Certificate, as well as course-training certificates in Quality and DFSS.

Khaled holds a PhD (‘95) in Aerospace Engineering, an MS in Aerospace Engineering, and an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, all from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from SFSU.