Ralph Wilhelm, Ph.D. - Wilhelm Associates

Ralph Wilhelm, Ph.D.
Wilhelm Associates
16002 Colleton Ct.
Carmel, IN 46033


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Ralph Wilhelm, Ph.D.
Wilhelm Associates

Expert Profile


Professional Summary


Dr. Wilhelm has over forty years of industry experience in the automotive industry beginning his career at

General Motors Research Laboratory, eventually holding positions of increasing responsibility with Delphi Delco Electronics Corporation, and currently running an automotive electronics consultancy.  Dr. Wilhelm is familiar with automotive electronic component technology and the supply-line management required not only producing suitable automotive components, but supervising the R&D, advanced engineering, forward technology development, sales, and product line management process from OEM to customer.  He has worked in various technical and leadership roles to develop new products and complex systems from invention to production using both internal invention/development and external partnerships to achieve world-class automotive systems worldwide.  In 2001, Dr. Wilhelm founded and established an automotive electronics consultancy focused both on automotive electronics suppliers doing business in North America and also support for expert witness litigation.  


His firm, Wilhelm Associates (www.wilhelmassoc.com) has supported suppliers whose “home countries have included Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Canada, United States, Germany, and France as they do business in North America.



Expert Witness Summary:


Recent Expert Witness work has included:


·       Litigation areas such as:

o   Expert witness reports for invalidity, non-infringement, and obviousness

o   Assisting in Claim Construction

o   Aided in creation of IPR documentation (Declarations and Petitions)

o   Depositions


·       Technical Automotive Areas such as:

o   Instrument Clusters

o   Automotive primary and secondary displays

o   Center Stack Displays and subassemblies

o   Human Factor Design and guidelines

o   Automotive User Interfaces

o   Automotive sensors & transducers

o   Vehicle Telematics

o   Infotainment systems

o   On-board & Off-Board diagnostics and prognostics

o   Complex safety systems

o   Automotive Cameras & multi-camera vision systems




§§  Advanced Mobile Multi Media

Automotive Systems

§§  Automotive Electrical & Electronic


§§  Automotive ADAS, Safety Systems

§§  Design, Manufacturing & Distribution of Automotive Components

§§  Electric Vehicle components and systems

§§  Expert Witness in Automotive



§§  Human Machine Interface issues (HMI)

for Automotive Electronics, displays,

and Touch, Appearance, Lighting (TAL)


§§  Display Technology for Automotive


§§  Integrated Circuits for Automotive


§§  Navigation & Real Time Traffic

Automotive applications

§§  Telematics

§§  Component and Sub-system development