Zachary Doerzaph, Director

Center for Advanced Automotive Research

Dr. Zachary Doerzaph is the Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Research (CAAR) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and a faculty member within the department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Doerzaph coordinates a research portfolio focused on measuring and improving the performance of next generation vehicle systems. His research projects emphasize safety as it relates to the interactions between the driver, vehicle, and infrastructure. He focuses his efforts on the design, development, and evaluation of connected vehicles, collision avoidance systems, automated driving systems, driver interfaces, and driver behavior monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Doerzaph prepares the next generation workforce for careers within the rapidly evolving transportation sector through hands-on industry engagement and traditional coursework. Presently his team of faculty, staff, and students are working on a variety of technologies that will improve transportation for all users in the near-term and far into the future.