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James Contes

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Lecturer Sr
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2180
Biography

Lecturer, Sr., Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology and Innovation

Mr. Contes graduated from ASU in 1973 and started his automotive career at the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Arizona. As an automotive engineer, he worked in all areas of vehicle development including ride and handling, brake testing and powertrain testing and development. He retired from GM in 2008 with 35 years of service. ASU has hired Mr. Contes to teach the Automotive Engineering concentration at the Polytechnic campus as a full time faculty member. His goal is to develop an Automotive Engineering curriculum and bring his many years of industry experience to the classroom.  EcoCAR 3, a four year future vehicle developed program run by the U.S Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboritories and sponsored by General Motors, is now part of the developing automotive program at ASU's Polytechnic campus.  Through a number of automotive classes and their associated lab experiences, he prepares Polytechnic engineering students to enter the exciting and fulfilling career field as automotive engineers.

Education

Engineering, Industrial Design Technology, 1973, Arizona State University

Expertise

Automotive Engineering, Powertrain Testing and Development

Research Interests

Mr. Contes has a great deal of interest in improving the efficiencies of vehicle powertrains for gains in fuel economy and vehicle performance while at the same time, reducing emissions. As new laboratories are built and developed, engine component design and development for improved efficiencies are at the top his list of research projects. Alternative fuels and power sources will also be part of curriculum development.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 306Automotive Systems Project I
EGR 394Special Topics
EGR 492Honors Directed Study
EGR 593Applied Project
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 363Auto Powertrain & Thermal Sys
EGR 465Ground Vehicle Dynamics
EGR 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-TPSThe ASU Experience
EGR 306Automotive Systems Project I
MET 321Intro to Automotive Engr
EGR 394Special Topics
EGR 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 363Auto Powertrain & Thermal Sys
MET 421Vehicle Powertrains
MET 423Veh Chassis & Running Gear Des
MET 427Vehicle Sys Integratn & Testng
EGR 465Ground Vehicle Dynamics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 306Automotive Systems Project I
MET 321Intro to Automotive Engr
EGR 394Special Topics
MET 426Vehicle Thermal Design
EGR 484Internship
EGR 485Engineering Internship
EGR 494Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 363Auto Powertrain & Thermal Sys
MET 421Vehicle Powertrains
MET 423Veh Chassis & Running Gear Des
MET 427Vehicle Sys Integratn & Testng
EGR 465Ground Vehicle Dynamics
EGR 485Engineering Internship
MET 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 306Automotive Systems Project I
MET 321Intro to Automotive Engr
EGR 394Special Topics
MET 426Vehicle Thermal Design
EGR 484Internship
MET 484Internship
EGR 494Special Topics
MET 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 485Engineering Internship
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 394Special Topics
MET 421Vehicle Powertrains
MET 423Veh Chassis & Running Gear Des
MET 427Vehicle Sys Integratn & Testng
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 294Special Topics
EGR 301Fall Concentration Project
MET 321Intro to Automotive Engr
EGR 394Special Topics
MET 426Vehicle Thermal Design
EGR 494Special Topics
MET 499Individualized Instruction
EGR 584Internship
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MET 421Vehicle Powertrains
MET 423Veh Chassis & Running Gear Des
MET 484Internship