Sunday, October 1, 2006

John M. Grace, Industry Co-Director, MIT System Design and Management Program

John M. Grace joined SDM as Industry Co-Director in 2005. He is responsible for cultivating and enriching relationships with SDM’s industry partners to help them maximize their investment in sending employees to SDM’s Master in Engineering and Management program and fully utilize their new skills when they return to the workplace.

Jack, as he is known by his friends and colleagues, initially became involved with SDM when, as VP of Engineering and Technology at ArvinMeritor, he sent several candidates targeted as the company’s future leaders to the program. These individuals were usually in the early phase of their professional careers but had excellent potential, based on outstanding educational and work experience.

The goals for the SDM candidates were for them to become well-grounded in systems thinking and form a cadre of likeminded change agents for systems engineering at ArvinMeritor. This cadre would become central to incorporating and diffusing systems thinking into the product development process.

Because of their experiences in SDM, several graduates have subsequently been responsible for expanding ArvinMeritor’s product portfolio. Jack officially retired from ArvinMeritor in January of 2005. His career began at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL)/ Calspan Corp. At Arvin Industries, the parent company of Calspan, in Columbus, Ind., Jack was VP of Engineering. In 2000, when Arvin Industries joined with Meritor Corp. to form ArvinMeritor, he became VP of Engineering and Technology.

Jack holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame; an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Dayton.

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