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Ronald  Coppersmith

Ronald Scott Coppersmith


Phone: 574-631-0447

Office: A59 Fitzpatrick Hall


B.S. Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1987


Mr. Coppersmith received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (1987) from Michigan Technological University.  From 1988-1991 he worked for Chrysler Motors in Auburn Hills, MI as a Contract Project Engineer in the Powertrain and Chassis Controls Group working with engine control software calibration, variable-damped suspension and speed-proportional steering systems.  In 1991, he became the ENCO Systems Applications Engineer for North America to assist their customers designing Philips optical devices into high-end audio and jukebox components. During that time, he received a design patent (DES. 355,656) for an audio mixer design for use as a home Karaoke system component.

In 1993 Mr. Coppersmith joined Allied Signal Corporation to be an on-site ABS brake electronic control unit (ECU) Engineer at Chrysler corporation back in the Chassis Controls Group.  He went on to hold various positions at Allied Signal and then Bosch Braking systems including Staff Engineer, Test Engineer, Senior Engineer, and Senior Engineering Supervisor for Medium/Heavy Truck Braking Systems
Mr. Coppersmith has worked with automotive product design from concept through production, waranty analysis and supplier interfacing. He helped Robert Bosch LLC through the process of QS9000/ISO9001 registration and certification, participated on several global design teams, coordinated FMEA, DRBFM, and design validation (DV/PV) activities and testing, along with Kaizen, six-sigma, and other structured problem solving activities until 2010, when Robert Bosch LLC chose to leave the South Bend, IN area.

Mr. Coppersmith joined the Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences department under Dr. Joe Fernando in 2010 as Research Engineer to help the  department build a state-of-the-art Environmental Fluid Dynamics laboratory and assist the students, faculty, and visiting researchers with their projects. 

Summary of Activities/Interests

Environmental fluid dynamics and hydraulics; Electro-Mechanical Systems Modelling; alternative energy sources; High voltage plasma; Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion

Applications of Electro-Mechanical and Embedded Systems; Instrumentation and Signal Conditioning; Embedded C Programming; Web Design; AutoCad; OrCad; PSpice; Delphi, Matlab


Notre Dame & Better Life Foundation Media Attention in Seychelles

March 26, 2015

Professor Laura Leo fielded questions from Seychelles Media regarding the ASIRI RAWI project. Leo explained the importance of Seychelles and its climate patterns to the project as a whole. She noted that Seychelles is "actually the point of origin of all this, so it is really crucial to understanding how this oscillation and observation will evolve and develop."

ASIRI RAWI Project Featured in Seychelles Newspaper

March 26, 2015

After the Seychelles media, SJO, interviewed Professor Laura Leo and graduate researcher Patrick Conry of Notre Dame, the Seychelles News Agency also featured a story on the research of the Notre Dame team regarding the ASIRI RAWI project. Research is currently being conducted on the island of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The goal of the research is to better understand Madden Julian oscillations (MJO), which is the underlying phenomena of rainfall patterns around the equator of the earth. There are also simultaneous studies being conducted in Singapore and Sri Lanka in conjunction with the Seychelles research.

Signing of MOU between Notre Dame and Seychelles

March 26, 2015

The National Meteorological Services of Seychelles and the Better Life Foundation, a local NGO, are partnering with the University of Notre Dame to conduct the ASIRI: RAWI project, a regional study of weather conditions in the Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean island nations of Sri Lanka and Singapore have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding.