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Applied Vehicle Dynamics

James Walker Jr.

James Walker

James Walker, Jr. is currently a Principal Engineer specializing in motor vehicle crash reconstruction and chassis, brake, and electronic brake control systems at Carr Engineering, Inc. His prior professional experience includes vehicle dynamics and brake control system development, design, release, and application engineering at Kelsey-Hayes, Saturn Corporation, General Motors, Bosch, Ford Motor Company, and Delphi.
Mr. Walker created scR motorsports consulting in 1997, and subsequently competed in seven years of SCCA Club Racing in the Showroom Stock and Improved Touring categories. Through scR motorsports, he has been actively serving as an industry advisor to Kettering University in the fields of brake system design and brake control systems. Since 2001, he has served as a brake control system consultant for StopTech, a manufacturer of high-performance racing brake systems.

In addition to providing freelance material to multiple automotive publications focusing on chassis and brake technology, Mr. Walker is the author of High-Performance Brake Systems: Design, Selection, and Installation. In 2005, he was presented with the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development and education, and in 2010 was designated as an SAE Master Instructor. He obtained his B.S.M.E. in 1994 from GMI Engineering & Management Institute


Driving Instructors 

Ed Bedner is a senior principal engineer with 30 years of experience in the field of vehicle dynamics control systems.  His professional experiences include the design and application of active safety systems, including brake controls, steering controls, driver assistance and autonomous systems at General Motors, Delphi, Autoliv, and Zenuity.Mr. Bedner has been responsible for the development of algorithms related to the estimation and control of vehicle motion, such as electronic stability control, rollover prevention, adaptive cruise control, and lane-tracking functions.  He holds 14 patents and is the author of 3 technical publications. Ed has extensive experience in vehicle handling test methods and instrumentation.  In cooperative projects, he supported NHTSA’s development of tests for rollover propensity and for yaw stability, which led to the NCAP star ratings and FMVSS126.  More recently he has tested and verified systems for driver assistance for customer applications.  He is a certified driver at proving grounds and at winter test sites.Mr. Bedner holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering.  He has been a co-instructor for SAE’s Applied Vehicle Dynamics course for 13 years.

Patrick Caherty is a Technical Specialist with 25 years of experience in all aspects of on-road vehicle braking systems.  His professional experiences include application and vehicle-level performance development and verification of electronic brake controls, foundation brakes, and friction materials for a number of global suppliers and vehicle manufacturers. Mr. Caherty earned his BSME and competed in Formula SAE at the University of Maryland, College Park.   He has been a co-instructor for the SAE Applied Vehicle Dynamics and Applied Brake Controls seminars since 2006.

Deric Frisch
Deric Frisch has worked in the automotive industry for 30 years and holds degrees in Automotive Engineering and Engineering Technology from MCC and Lawrence Technological University. In 1996-1997 he led the Monroe Community College Formula SAE design