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James Obermeyer

Faculty of Practice

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology


Email: James Obermeyer
Phone: 937-229-4216
Kettering Laboratories Room 321


Since 2019, Jamie Obermeyer has taught mechanical engineering technology courses in the School of Engineering Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology. Obermeyer brings 35+ years of professional experience in the automotive industry into the classroom to help students understand the practical applications of core mechanical engineering subjects such as mechanical design, statics and dynamics.

From fall 2017 through spring 2019, Obermeyer taught a diverse range of engineering and mathematics courses at the UD China Institute in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.

Prior to joining UD faculty, Obermeyer worked in the automotive industry in a wide range of engineering, management and IT roles for General Motors, Delphi, and the BWI Group. He has substantial international engineering and business experience with colleagues, suppliers and customers in Germany, Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, France, Poland, and India.



Selected Publications  

  • Lau, I., Capp, J., & Obermeyer, J. (1991). A comparison of frontal and side impact: Crash dynamics, countermeasures and subsystem tests. SAE Technical Paper 912896.

Selected Patents  

  • U.S. Patent 5749554: Tray assembly.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, University of Dayton, 2015
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honorary Society
  • Delphi Corporation: President Council Honors as project manager responsible for development and production of Delphi’s first integrated, sequenced cockpit for Mercedes-Benz.
  • General Motors Corporation: Extraordinary Accomplishment Award for large project to educate emergency responders in safe handling of post-crash airbags.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers: Ralph Isbrandt Award for the best juried paper on the topic of automotive safety engineering (A comparison of frontal and side impact: Crash dynamics, countermeasures and subsystem tests). 1991.

Courses Taught

  • MCT 112L: Mechanical Design & CAD
  • MCT 215: Statics
  • MCT 315: Dynamics
  • MCT 320: Design of Machine Elements
  • MCT 342: Thermodynamics
  • ECT/IET/MCT 490: Senior Capstone Projects
  • MFG 204: Engineering Materials
  • ECT 110: Electrical Circuits 


  • Master of Science, Engineering Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University (formerly, General Motors Institute)

Research Interests

  • Industry-Education collaboration
  • 3D CAD and Product Lifecycle Management
  • Automotive safety testing