Electrical Engineering &
Jim was born in 1956, and grew up on a farm near Snake Run, Indiana. He received his Bachelor's of Science degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1978 and worked for a year at Rockwell/Collins Avionics where he designed Kalman filters for aircraft navigation. He then attended the University of Illinois where he received his M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering, working with Doug Looze.
Since 1984 he has been on the faculty of the EECS Department at the University of Michigan where he is a full professor and Fellow of the IEEE as well as program director for Automotive Engineering. His research interests include fundamental design limitations in feedback and embedded control systems, robotics and computer vision, linear feedback control, and modeling and control of automotive powertrain Systems.
Professor Freudenberg can be heard here addressing the many challenges facing today's automotive engineer. He also recently lent his expertise to Discovery News weighing in on the growing complexity of modern vehicles.