Dr. James Boileau

Dr. James Boileau

Associate Professor of Teaching, Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering Technology and Welding and Metallurgical Engineering Technology)


Dr. James Boileau


 I have a BS, MS, and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering and am a Fellow of ASM International. I worked at Ford Motor Company for over 33 years before retiring in December 2020. I spent 31+ years at the Ford Research Laboratory, where I performed materials-related research on components from cylinder blocks and heads to brake rotors as well as managing the Optical and Electron Microscopy Laboratories. I was involved with over 150 Six Sigma/ 8D teams that used statistical analysis to determine root causes and develop corrective measures for production-related technical issues. My last two years were spent as the Materials Technical Expert for Ford's Electrified Powertrain Engineering Organization, where I focused on materials for the battery boxes for the Mach-E and F150 Lightening. I have over 50 papers, 250 presentations, and 20 patents related to alloy development, materials processing, and innovative technology for automotive components. I have taught undergraduate and graduate level courses since 2014 in the areas of material science, manufacturing, processing, and mechanics. As of September 2022, I joined the faculty of the WSU Engineering College.


Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
• Ph.D in Materials Science & Engineering 2000
Thesis: The Effect Of Solidification Time On The Mechanical Properties Of A Cast 319 Aluminum Alloy (work sponsored and funded by Ford Motor Company)

• MS in Materials Science & Engineering 1990

• BS in Materials Science & Engineering 1987

Research Interests

 Extensive experience in time-critical failure analyses of automotive components as well as Six Sigma methodologies. Deep knowledge of and experience in metallography, optical microscopy, SEM/EDX/EBSP, and image analysis. Specialist in materials testing and mechanical properties as applied to design, testing, and specification development for IC and EV vehicle powertrain systems.

Teaching Interests

 Materials Science, Applied Industrial Statistics, Automotive Design

Professional Affiliations

 ASM International (Detroit Chapter Executive Committee, International Scholarship Committee, Action in Education Committee, Fellow)
Detroit-Windsor AFS (Executive Board)
SAE (Former Chair - Non-Ferrous Committee, Session Organizer, and SP Editor)
Tau Beta Pi (Former District Director)

Courses taught by Dr. James Boileau

Spring-Summer Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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