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James Harder

Student at Saginaw Valley State University
Through traveling the world and exposure to different countries, I have been able to observe how many different cultures approach the use of technology to further advance their everyday lives and jobs. This has given me a passion for Industrial Design from an Engineering perspective and a drive to excel in a field that is rapidly expanding. I am a high-energy, driven, Engineering college student with an optimistic personality and enthusiastic work ethic; I enjoy working at a fast pace while staying focused on precision; I am skilled in memory, organization and problem solving.
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SVSU names Deans' List students for fall 2018 semester; Saginaw resident among recipients

More than 2,000 students from Saginaw Valley State University earned a spot on the fall 2018 semester Deans' List. To be eligible for the Deans' List, a student must take at least 12 credit hours a...

February, 14 2019 - Verified by Saginaw Valley State University
SVSU mechanical engineering students showcase technology developed for regional businesses; Saginaw native among participants

Saginaw Valley State University hosted the Summer Engineering Symposium Friday, Aug. 17, when students presented projects they worked on with collaboration from engineering industry partners. In t...

August, 20 2018 - Verified by Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw native named to SVSU's President's List

James Harder, of Saginaw, was one of more than 500 students from Saginaw Valley State University whose determination and commitment to academic excellence earned them a spot on the winter 2018 seme...

June, 15 2018 - Verified by Saginaw Valley State University
James Harder, of Saginaw, named to SVSU Deans' List for fall 2017 semester

James Harder, of Saginaw, was one of more than 1,900 students from Saginaw Valley State University whose determination and commitment to academic achievement earned them a spot on the fall 2017 sem...

February, 16 2018 - Verified by Saginaw Valley State University
James Harder, of Saginaw, named to SVSU President's List for winter 2017 semester

James Harder, of Saginaw, was one of more than 500 students from Saginaw Valley State University whose determination and commitment to academic excellence earned them a spot on the winter 2017 seme...

June, 22 2017 - Verified by Saginaw Valley State University
James Harder was recognized for earning a spot on an honors list
The Honors Program is a competitive program that selects 80 incoming freshman students a year. An honors designation is the most universally recognized sign of academic distinction achieved in higher education. Graduate schools and employers alike know that honors students have proven their academic abilities in a rigorous program, culminating in a final research project in their academic discipline. The Honors Program allows students to pursue their major and minor degree work, while providing enriched academic experiences in Honors courses, seminars, research projects and social activities.
Fall 2017 - Added by James
James Harder was recognized for winning a scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association of Saginaw Valley State University to recognize students whose parent(s)/stepparent(s) graduated from SVSU. To be eligible, students must be incoming freshmen or new transfer students enrolled full-time and be children or stepchildren of SVSU graduates. Preference will be given to candidates based on academic and personal achievement, potential for leadership, and service/extracurricular involvement.
Fall 2017 - Added by James
James Harder was recognized for winning a scholarship
The Terry and Jerry Drake Endowed Scholarship is given to candidates who shall be a full- or part-time new or returning student who is a resident of Bay, Midland or Saginaw counties majoring in art or music with scholastic achievement and potential.
Fall 2017 - Added by James
Honors Program of Saginaw Valley State University
The Honors Program is a competitive program that selects 80 incoming freshman students a year. An honors designation is the most universally recognized sign of academic distinction achieved in higher education. Graduate schools and employers alike know that honors students have proven their academic abilities in a rigorous program, culminating in a final research project in their academic discipline. The Honors Program allows students to pursue their major and minor degree work, while providing enriched academic experiences in Honors courses, seminars, research projects and social activities.
Youth Civic Engagement Coach
Once a week I would work with a team of volunteer college classmates to create a lesson, activity and project plan for elementary students at Washington Elementary School in Bay City Michigan. Our mission was to educate, engage and empower underprivileged kids from a young age to understand and value civic engagement. Through a partnership of encouragement, going through stages of brainstorming, decision-making and planning, the kids were able to present to their school ideas and funding plans for a community garden to promote unity in the community and the school to reduce bullying and to improve their immediate environment.
Sound Board and Visual Technologies Operator and Coordinator
I coordinate visual technologies operation teams for Immanuel Bible Church and act as a sound board operator, developing rotating responsibilities for other operators and creating new venues of infrastructure for a constantly changing platform of engagement.
Spring 2012 - Fall 2017 - Saginaw Valley State University
Driveline Engineering Co-op at Nexteer Automotive
At Nexteer Automotive I collaborate with members of the Half-shaft Core Development Group in the areas of testing, research, prototyping, and future product design. I have developed and manage a competitive analysis database which is a vital resource from which the entire half-shaft engineering department can access and filter information gathered through tear-downs, measurements and testings of competitor assemblies. I assist each engineering group in charge of various different vehicle platforms with parts retrieval, dealership relationships and domestic and international half-shaft implementation research. Whether creating algorithms for determining torque stresses in axle bar designs or developing drawings and 3D models for prototype concepts, I continue to expand my real life experience in the areas of product design and mechanical engineering. In December 2016, I had the opportunity to continue expanding my global perspective through visiting the Nexteer Plant in Wuhu, China to meet with engineers in the half-shaft production program and tour their expanding facility.
February 2016 - Present
Endurance Test Driver at Chrysler Proving Grounds

I reviewed and executed test schedules for prototype and development vehicles, gathering data and writing reports. I utilized various apparatus to gather information, followed specific directions to accomplish detailed goals and coordinated information between many different employee levels.

June 2015 - August 2015

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