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Chief Technology and Quality Officer
George Constand is Chief Technical and Quality Officer of Dana Incorporated. Constand joined Dana in 2005 as vice president of global engineering for the company’s light axle operations.
He joined Dana after a 20-year career at Visteon Corporation and Ford Motor Company. At Visteon, he served as director of chassis driveline engineering and, prior to that position, as director of quality for North America and Asia-Pacific. As Visteon’s top quality leader, Constand helped implement standardized processes throughout its global manufacturing base. As a plant manager at Ford, he ran a major axle, driveshaft, and transmission operation in Sterling Heights, Mich. His experience also included positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of manufacturing engineering and planning, product design and engineering, program launches, and the development and management of technical centers. In these roles, Constand became a Six Sigma Champion and an active leader of lean manufacturing techniques and stage-gate development processes. His career at Visteon and Ford included management positions internationally as well, particularly in Europe.
Constand earned a bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Global Product Group Manager for Transmissions
Dana Power Technologies Group
Robert Blersch, Global Product Group Manager for Transmissions, has business development responsibilities for Dana Power Technologies. He brings more than five years of invaluable expertise and knowledge specific to transmission sealing products, and more than one decade of experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining the Dana Power Technologies group in 2009, he worked as a project manager in Dana’s Research and Development department, and started his career with Dana in 2001 as a trainee in Neu-Ulm, Germany. Robert holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences.
Dana China Technical Center
Kevin Hua is the engineering director for the Dana China Technical Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. He previously served as chief product planner for Dana Off-Highway Drivetrain Technologies in China, and as the project lead in the development of the Spicer® Rui Ma™ product line.
Prior to joining Dana in 2010, Kevin spent five years at Eaton Truck Shanghai Co., LTD, where he led the engineering team in developing product for the Chinese market and supported Eaton’s truck business in China and Asia Pacific. Additionally, he was engineering manager of Eaton & Faster Gear Co., Ltd. in Xi’an. He also worked for Shanghai Auto Transmission Company for 14 years as a product design engineer and engineering manager in manufacturing.
Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Shanghai University. He is also a certified senior mechanical engineer.
Vice President of Commercial Vehicle Engineering and Quality
Ryan Laskey assumed the role of vice president of commercial vehicle engineering and quality at Dana Incorporated in February 2015. Ryan began his career with Dana in 2000 and has held various engineering roles, managing global departments responsible for the design and development of driveline components for both light- and heavy-vehicle, along with off-highway customers around the world. Prior to his current position, he most recently served as the director of driveline product engineering, where he was responsible for developing aggressive product strategies for driveline products. Ryan possesses extensive driveline engineering experience with a focus on innovation. A graduate of the University of Toledo, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Vice President, Light Vehicle Engineering
Seth Metzger is vice president of Light Vehicle Engineering for Dana Incorporated, where he oversees global activity for axle and driveshaft products.
Seth has served various roles in his 11 years with Dana. Prior to his current position, he managed several stages of product engineering including axle and driveshaft strategy, gear engineering, and a number of service areas.
Seth holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo.
Director of Engineering
Dana Power Technologies Group
David is director of engineering for Dana's Power Technologies Group, which manufactures gaskets, valve covers, thermal and acoustical protective shields, and thermal management products.
Based in Paris, Tennessee, USA, David is a 1986 graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn., with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He obtained his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in 1999. David has worked and managed many areas of engineering including product testing, finite element analysis, product engineering, materials development, and new product development.
Vice President of Global Engineering
Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies
With 37 years’ experience in engineering and technology leadership, Andy Nieman leads a team of more than 200 Dana engineers deployed worldwide to produce innovations for the commercial-vehicle industry. Nieman earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Toledo.
Dr. Jürgen Schneider
Director of Product Development
Dana Power Technologies Group
Dr. Jürgen Schneider is the director of product development for Dana’s Power Technologies Group in Europe. In this role, Jürgen oversees prototype and product development for Dana’s gasket, thermal-acoustical protective shielding (TAPS), and plastic product portfolios.
With more than 15 years in the automotive industry, including 10 years working as development lead for Dana at its Neu-Ulm location, Jürgen brings strong expertise and knowledge to the development of new products and product lines. Jürgen started his career at Dana in the CAE division to support customer programs. Prior to this, he took an apprenticeship at a car garage and familiarized himself with power technologies.
Jürgen earned a Diplom in physics and doctorate degree from the Ulm University in Germany.
Dana Powertrain Innovations Engineering
Rob leads the formation, strategy development, advanced development, and product development of Dana's new Powertrain Innovations Engineering team, working closely with the advanced engineering and business unit engineering teams.
He has more than 21 years of engineering and management experience in the automotive, aerospace, and robotics fields, holds more than 150 U.S. and international patents, and is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Before joining Dana, Rob was CTO and Vice President of Business Development for Fallbrook Technologies; he was also a co-founder of Fallbrook. He has been Group Leader of the Drivetrain Design & NVH Group for Southwest Research Institute and an adviser to several early-stage companies in the clean tech sector.
Dana Advanced Engineering
Eve is a Technical Fellow in Dana’s Advanced Engineering group, where she analyzes new technology opportunities for their technical and financial feasibility. Eve has been with Dana for 13 years.
Based in Tennessee, Eve obtained her doctorate in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2001, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in physics at the University of Virginia in 1994. Eve spent her first nine years at Dana in the fuel cell product group, acting as a materials specialist, where she performed materials development and testing, as well as new product development. She is the author of over 10 scientific publications in the fuel cell area.
Vice President, Engineering
Dana Off-Highway Drivetrain Technologies
Bernhard Vecchioni serves as vice president of engineering for Dana Off-Highway Drivetrain Technologies.
Prior to joining Dana, Bernhard spent four years at Webasto Vehicle Systems International, where he served as vice president of mechatronics. He also worked at Webasto Roof Systems Inc. in the U.S. for five years as vice president of research and development. Additionally, he spent 15 years at Webasto Karosserie-Systeme in Germany leading the sunroof engineering group as a prototype testing manager and project manager for Volkswagen, Audi, and Škoda Auto.
Bernhard began his career in 1984 as a technical assistant at Munich Polytechnic University in Germany where he also earned an engineering degree with a concentration in automotive.
Director of Technology Strategy and Engineering Finance
Carrie Wiggins, Director of Technology Strategy and Engineering Finance at Dana Incorporated, has spent over 15 years in the Automotive Industry at both OEM and Tier1 suppliers. Her fields of work include strategy, manufacturing engineering, finance, business systems, and process improvement.
Currently engaged in the evaluation of disruptive technologies, Carrie assesses new business models, go-to-market strategies, and the competitive landscape to help shape Dana’s advanced technology portfolio. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology & Industrial Distribution from Purdue University, Master of Science in Engineering Management from Oakland University, and a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College.
Dana Power Technologies Group
Ted Zielinski is the technical director for Dana's Power Technologies Group. In this role he has fostered innovation in automotive thermal systems such as heat exchangers, active warm-up systems, and other emerging technologies related to battery components and systems design.
Prior to joining Dana in 1989, Ted worked for TRW, Tri-Clover Ladish, and General Motors. He launched his career in 1977 by working for General Motors’ Powertrain division.
Zielinski earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from McMaster University.