James Mynderse, PhD

Assistant Professor

21000 West Ten Mile Road
Engineering Building, E43
Southfield, MI 48075

(248) 204-2577


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Courses and Advising

  • Director, M.S. Mechatronic Systems Engineering program
  • Advisor, Baja SAE team
  • EGE 2013 - Statics
  • EME 3214 - Mechatronics
  • EME 5323 - Modern Control Systems
  • MSE 5183 - Mechatronic Systems I
  • MSE 6183 - Mechatronic Systems II

Research Interests

  • Mechatronics
  • Control theory
  • Hysteresis modeling and compensation
  • Perception-based engineering and HMI
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Additive manufacturing: laser sintering

Selected Publications

  1. Mynderse, J. A. and Chiu, G. T.-C., 2015, "Two Degree-of-Freedom Hysteresis Compensation for a Dynamic Mirror Actuator," ASME/IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, in production, doi: 10.1109/TMECH.2015.2493038.
  2. Mynderse, J. A. and Chiu, G. T.-C., 2013, “Modeling of a dynamic mirror with antagonistic piezoelectric stack actuation,” Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 136(2), doi: 10.1115/1.4025671.
  3. Mynderse, J. A., Fletcher, R. W., Liu, L., Gerhart, A. L., Arslan, S., and Yee, K., 2016, “A three semester mechanical engineering capstone design sequence based on SAE collegiate design series”. Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.
  4. Johns, M., Kamping, H., Krueger, K., Mynderse, J., and Riedel, C., 2016, “Setting differential pinion bearing preload using system stiffness as estimated by frequency response”. Proceedings of the SAE World Congress.
  5. Liu, L., Mynderse, J. A., Gerhart, A. L., and Arslan, S., 2015, "Fostering the Entrepreneurial Mindset in the Junior and Senior Mechanical Engineering Curriculum with a Multi-Course Problem-Based Learning Experience," Proceedings of the 45th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference.
  6. Mynderse, J. A. and Shelton, J. N., 2015, "Assessment of an Improved Problem-Based Learning Implementation in a Senior/Graduate Mechatronic Design Course," Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference.
  7. Mynderse, J. A., Gerhart, A. L., Liu, L., and Arslan, S., 2015, "Multi-course Problem-based Learning Module Spanning Across the Junior and Senior Mechanical Engineering Curriculum: Mechatronics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer," Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference.
  8. Shelton, J. N., Mynderse, J. A., and Chiu, G. T.-C., 2013, “Smoothly transitioning between ballistic and corrective control to produce human-like movement,” Proceedings of the 2013 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC2013).
  9. Israr, A., Tan, H. Z., Mynderse, J. A., and Chiu, G. T.-C., 2008, “A psychophysical model of motorcycle handlebar vibrations,” Proceedings of the 2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE2008).
  10. Mynderse, J. A., Messner,W. C., and Chiu, G. T.-C., 2007, “H loopshaping control of a steering wheel vibration simulator using complex lead filter,” Proceedings of the 2007 European Controls Conference.

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Research Seed Grant Award, Lawrence Technological University
  • Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Purdue University
  • Laura Davidson Winkelman Fellowship, Purdue University
  • John M. Bruce Memorial Scholarship, Purdue University
  • Eagle Scout

Activities and Service

  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)