James De Clerck's Profile


Jim De Clerck is a Professor of Practice in the MEEM Department at Michigan Tech. Prior to joining the Michigan Tech faculty in 2009, Jim worked at the GM Noise and Vibration Center in Milford, Michigan. Jim currently advises the Michigan Tech FSAE Team and teaches classes on engineering design and structural dynamics.

James's research projects

Formula SAE - Advanced Motorsports (AMS) Enterprise - Trailer Improvements

Currently, the two trucks and enclosed trailers have room for improvements in function and safety. After several years of wear and tear, the trailer non-slip floor covering needs replacement. Other identified areas for improvement include corrosion and leak repair on the older pickup truck, trailer imaging/wrap replacements, lighting, maintenance, and safety inspections.

Formula SAE - Advanced Motorsports (AMS) Enterprise - Competition Trailer Improvements

Currently, our two enclosed trailers have room for improvements in function and safety. We currently have one older generator that has to be shared between four teams, and this creates a problem when two teams have overlapping events. After several years of normal wear and tear, the non-slip floor covering needs replacement.

Development of a Four Wheel Steering System for a Formula-SAE Collegiate Design Competition Race Car

The Michigan Tech Formula team is seeking a top ten place finish in SAE competitions, something that has not been achieved since 1999. Four wheel steering is a possible system allowed by competition rules. This technology is new to the team, and further development will help the car achieve faster lap times for dynamic events by increasing overall handling performance.

Advanced Motorsports: Creating the Future of the Vehicle and Mobility Industry

AMS Enterprise teams provide a rich multidisciplinary, multiyear educational and research experience for nearly 150 students each year. Many students select Michigan Tech over other schools for the AMS/Enterprise program and for the opportunities to engage in team-based, experiential learning.

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