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 James Kerns
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James Kerns


  • MS, Electronics and Computer Controlled Systems, Wayne State University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Courses And Advising

  • Unified Robotics Laboratories
  • EGE 2013 - Statics
  • EME 3214 - Mechatronics

Industry Experience

  • Automotive Powertrain control systems (engine emissions and fuel economy)
  • Automotive Powertrain diagnostics
  • Active aerodynamic devices
  • Combustion analysis

Selected Publications

  • Kumar, Pankaj; Makki, Imad; Kerns, James; Grigoriadis, Karolos; Franchek, Matthew; Balakotaiah, Vemuri  ‘A low-dimensional model for describing the oxygen storage capacity and transient behavior of a three-way catalytic converter’  Chem. Eng. Sci. (2012), doi:10.1016/j.ces.2011.12.001
  • Kerns, James, Surnilla Gopichandra. 'Fuel-Assisted Idle Speed Control for Lean Burn Gasoline Engines' SAE 2006-32-0009 SAE International, 2006
  • Stroh, David J., Franchek, Mathew A. and Kerns, James M. 'Fueling Control of Spark Ignition Engines', Vehicle System Dynamics, 36: 4, 329 - 358 International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobility. 2001


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Honors and Awards

  • 60+ U.S. Patents
  • Henry Ford Technology Award


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