Jim S. Cowart, Ph.D. | Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Areas of Practice:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Engine Controls
  • Thermodynamics

Professional Memberships:

  • The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


  • Patent – “Internet Based Method for Determining a Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency,” US Patent No. US 6,594,579 B1, 7-15-03.
  • Principle Investigator, Office of Naval Research – “USNA Synthetic Fuel Development and Testing Program.” Characterization of Fisher-Tropsch and Bio-Diesel diesel fuel with regards to maximum performance and efficiency in a Marine Corp “Humvee” engine. Discussions with ONR indicate that this funding will be awarded in 2008.
  • “Small UAV Engine Characterization and Efficiency Improvements.” Characterization of a small UAV Diesel Engine with base and alternative fuels.
    Future work is planned to investigate efficiency improvement technologies
    for extend flight range.
  • Principle Investigator, Office of Naval Research – “Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Diesel Performance in a Single Cylinder CFR Diesel Engine.” Characterization of Fischer-Tropsch diesel in comparison to base diesel fuel with regards to maximum performance and efficiency.
  • Naval Academy Research Council – “Characteristics and Optimization of Gasoline Engine Startup Performance and Emission.”
  • Naval Academy Research Council – “An Experimental and Modeling based Investigation into the Onset of Knocking Combustion in a Spark Ignition Engine.”
  • Principle Investigator, US Army – “DMFC System Modeling and Stack Airflow Optimization,” 11-02 to 7-03. Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) flow channel development (modeling and experiments) in order to manage Carbon Dioxide formation in the anode bi-polar plate. Overall fuel cell and Balance of Plant (BOP) detailed modeling.
  • Principle Investigator, US Army – Characterization and Improvement of portable fuel cell systems, 6-02 to 5-03. Balance of Plant systems development for portable DMFC system.