Director, Electric Hybrid Vehicle Group, Engineering Division
DENSO International America, Inc.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Harkins oversees DENSO’s Electric Hybrid Vehicle (EHV) components and systems development in North America, which includes traction motors, integrated starter generators (ISG), inverters, DC/DC converters, on-board chargers, and battery monitor units (BMU).
Areas of Expertise
- N.A. trends of electrified vehicles
- Electric and hybrid electric vehicle components
- System integration and implications of electrified vehicles
- High-voltage development testing
- Program management
History with DENSO
- Harkins joined DENSO in 1996 as an Application Engineer.
- In 2004, he was appointed to manager of Engine Electrical Engineering department.
- In 2008, he promoted to senior manager of Engine Electrical Engineering department focusing on advanced idle stop/start (ISS) systems.
- In 2012, he established DENSO’s North American Electric Hybrid Vehicle department and high voltage laboratory.
- In July 2013, Harkins was promoted to Director of the Electric Hybrid Vehicle department.
Prior to DENSO
- Prior to joining DENSO, Harkins worked on wire harnesses at Ford Motor Co for Alcoa Fujikura Ltd.
- Harkins earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich.
Memberships and Committees
- Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Member of the Engineering Society of Detroit