Vern Caron - Biography

Caron Engineering (2012-Present) - Since 2012 Vern has worked with Fairfield Mfg. developing off-highway hybrid systems; primarily development of an ultracapacitor based series-electric powertrain for 30-metric ton wheel loaders. More recently he has been engaged in engineering for several on-highway heavy duty truck and bus projects.


ArvinMeritor/Meritor (2003-2012) - As Director of Commercial Vehicle Electronics, Vern headed a number of initiatives including development of a Battery-Electric vehicle for Unicell/Purolator, a Class-8 hybrid for Wal-Mart and a dual-mode hybrid powertrain for DOE Super-Truck. Other projects included suspension height controls, tire pressure management systems, and controls for particulate emission systems.


Caron Engineering (2000-2003) - Vern incorporated Caron Engineering to take advantage of a contract with Wabash National primarily related to the launch of their trailer antilock brake system. From 2000-2003 also took on projects with Valeo Corp (windshield wiper controls)., AM General(differental lock controls) and Eaton (transmission controls).


Eaton (1988-2000) - Vern joined Eaton as Chief Engineer, Antilock Brake Systems and headed the development of a new antilock brake system for Eaton air brakes. Subsequently Eaton formed a venture with Bosch and Vern managed product release, application engineering and warranty administration for the products within the venture. Vern also had responsibilities related to Central Tire Systems, and VORAD collision warning systems.


Navistar (1981-1988) - As Chief Engineer, Engine Controls Vern managed engineering for fuel injection controls, turbo charger controls and cold start systems and in particular the unique glow plug control system used on 6.9L Navistar and Ford diesel engines. He also headed the initial development of controls for common rail diesel injection systems that were used on the 7.3L Navistar and Ford vehicles.


Chrysler (1971-1981) - After graduating from the University of Minnesota Vern began his career with Chrysler Corp. where he worked on electronics for engine and emission controls. Among other projects, he headed the design team that developed the engine controls for Omni and Horizon.


Vern holds a BEE from the University of Minnesota; an MSME from Wayne State; and an MBA from Keller Graduate School. He holds 35 patents and is registered as a professional engineer in Michigan and Illinois.


Vern is a member of SAE Truck & Bus Council, Chair of Heavy Vehicle Powertrain Committee and former chair of the Heavy Vehicle Brake Committee and Corrosion Committee.