Ronald David

Ronald David



I volunteer at Oakland University's ACHIEVE program.  It introduces OU freshman class members to successful professionals.  This helps the students to develop an understanding of how their training will allow them to succeed in the future.  It also provides an opportunity for the professionals to network and give back to the community.


I am a natural born engineer as well as a proven leader and coach.  I love to solve challenging problems and enjoy working in a positive team environment.  My teams enjoy working for me and they have always increased their morale and productivity as a result of my interactions with them.

I also am a proud father of two young children and think it is very important to have a balance between work and family life.

Work experience

Work experience
Jan 2007 - Present

Program Manager
  • Co-lead the $1B 2011 'large car' renewal project through the vehicle development process.
  • Identify complexity issues and resolutions to those issues caused by the expansion of complexity within one assembly plant.
  • Facilitate communication and documentation so that the team can properly balance customer needs, manufacturing capabilities and financial concerns.
  • Primary contact for all Financial, Electrical, Infotainment, Body and Exterior disciplines.
  • Manage all target offset requests and program changes to ensure the financial roll up accurately reflects those changes.
  • Lead the large car platform in the use of a new financial tracking system to track total vehicle cost and set cost targets for future models.
  • Act as an arbitrator for interdisciplinary issues.  Focus is on timely resolution keeping the entire program and company's long term best interest in mind.
  • Administer/facilitate the weekly Program Management team meeting.  I am responsible for the meeting content, information flow and meeting minutes.
May 2004 - Jan 2007

Supervisor - Active & Passive Safety Electronics

DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Led a team of engineers in the development of globally common occupant restraint controllers and impact sensors for all corporate carlines.
  • Ensure vehicle integration teams needs are included early to prevent late design changes.
  • Worked with integration and quality teams to drive customer issues to zero. 
  • Acted as department manager while Senior Manager was out of office. 
  • Rated Role Model for my efforts in improving productivity, quality and morale of entire department. 
  • Led efforts to conduct Lean Process training and process redesign to better align engineering workload and available human resources.
  • Rapid resolution of quality issues using Root Cause Analysis and Fault Tree Analysis.
Feb 2005 - Jan 2006

Supervisor - Body and Safety EE Quality

DaimlerChrysler AG
  • Concurrent challenge assignment provided to me based on my rating of Role Model in 2004 calendar year.
  • Hire, train, deploy and guide a team of seven quality engineers to assist in finding root cause of current production quality issues. 
  • This team prevented over $1.6 million in warranty by identifying and resolving problems earlier than normal processes would have. 
  • Leveraged and supplemented existing plant validation engineering and quality organizations to maximize benefit while reducing the need for additional administrative oversight.
Jun 2000 - May 2004

Supervisor - Charging and Cranking, Ign Systems and Emissions Sensors - Jeep Platform
  • Greatly improved morale, teamwork and productivity of team by coaching and leading by example.
  • Responsible for the design and release of all alternators, starters, cam/crank sensors and oxygen sensors for the entire Jeep vehicle line and all engines (gas and diesel) worldwide.
  • Team exceeded both platform and cost management sub-team goals by aggressively testing and implementing changes.
  • Quality improvement efforts resulted in a 52% improvement in warranty in 2002 MY from 2001.
Jan 1998 - May 2000

Senior Engineer - Door and Seat Systems

Led a group of six engineers to design, develop and release body electronic / mechatronics modules for the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Coached team members in project management and self-sufficiency. Led the Repair/Reprocess team at Jefferson North Assembly Plant for the 1999 WJ launch. Improved first time through capability from 40 to 90% by streamlining plant testers and driving resolution of engineering and manufacturing issues.

Jan 1996 - Dec 1997

Software Development Engineer

I learned firsthand that carefully defined functional objectives are crucial to satisfying customer requirements. Worked with department to develop a repeatable software development process that delivered high quality code on time to meet customer expectations. Actively participated in numerous vehicle development ride and drive events including extended stays at Arizona Proving Grounds to develop an adaptive suspension system.

Jan 1991 - Jan 1996

CIE / Project Engineer

Received “Recognition of Excellence” award from Procurement and Supply for removing production bottlenecks on end-of-line testers both at tier-one supplier plants as well as at Jefferson North Assembly and Steyr Assembly in Graz, Austria. Supported launch of new multiplexed door module system. Obtained first surface design experience with door switches and new keyless entry fob. Performed FEA analysis/redesign of the JA shock tower. Thermal modeling of Power devices in engine controller.

Trained in Chrysler's Institute of Engineering management training program.


Aug 1996 - Apr 2001

Master of Business Administration

MBA degree with focus on Finance.  I also participated in a highly regarded class on International Management which involved study in 4 countries in Western Europe.

Jan 1991 - Dec 1992

Master of Science

Including one additional class post Masters, EGR 795 Adaptive Control Artificial Intelligence Applications.

Aug 1986 - Dec 1990

Bachelor of Science

  • Cum Laude with Department Honors
1982 - 1986


Mount Clemens High School

Salutatorian, 1986; GPA: 3.99/4.00

Captain Swim Team, 1985-1986

Soccer Team - JV & Varsity



Large group presentation

In my roles as a launch leader, Supervisor and Program Manager I have had the opportunity to present to groups both large and small including presentations to Senior Management.  I have a natural talent to understand the audience and adapt my presentation as appropriate to match the "need" of the recipients.  As a technical expert I can speak with confidence and present the correct information succinctly. 

MicroSoft Office

I am the goto person in my group for Excel.  It is so much more than a spreadsheet and can be used to quickly distill useful information to the team in a visual format for guiding the teams efforts.  I am also proficient with MS Word, Powerpoint and Project.