Raggio & Dinnin, P.C.
Raggio & Dinnin, P.C.

Kurt L. VanVoorhies Ph.D., P.E.

Kurt L. VanVoorhies Ph.D., P.E.

Troy, Michigan
(248) 364-2100
(248) 364-2200
Kurt began his engineering career at General Motors Advanced Engineering Staff in 1970

Kurt began his engineering career at General Motors Advanced Engineering Staff in 1970, and in various engineering positions from 1975 to 1987, working on a variety of advanced projects including engine characterization and control optimization, vehicle navigation systems, powertrain simulation, traction control, and active suspension systems, and developing extensive experience in software development and data analysis.  While at the University of Michigan in 1975 he specialized in modern optics and worked on super-resolution imaging.  Kurt joined Automotive Systems Laboratory at its inception in 1987, where he worked as a Director of Safety Systems on the development of advanced inflatable occupant restraint systems.  From 1990-1993, Kurt attended West Virginia University, where he invented a toroidal antenna that became the topic of his Ph.D. dissertation.  Before joining with Dinnin & Dunn, Dr. VanVoorhies consulted to Lyon, P.C. prosecuting patents in the mechanical, electrical, optical, and software arts.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Registered Professional Engineer, Michigan, 1983
  • Registered Patent Agent

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1994


  • West Virginia University
    • Ph.D. - 1993
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Michican
    • M.S. - 1976
    • Major: Electrical Science (Specialization in Modern Optics)
  • General Motors Institute
    • B.S. - 1976
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Minor: Electrical Engineering


  • Ralph R. Teetor Industrial Lecturer, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1986 - 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Vincent Bendix Award, 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Society of Automotive Engineers, Member
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Member
  • The Optical Society of America, Member
  • Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, Oakland Chapter, Past President
  • Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), Member

Past Employment Positions

  • General Motors, Advanced Engineering Staff


  • Sigma Xi

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Raggio & Dinnin, P.C.
Raggio & Dinnin, P.C.
6585 Rochester Road, Ste. 106
Troy, MI 48085
Phone: (248) 364-2100
Fax:(248) 364-2200