James Obermeyer

Contact Information

  • Email: James Obermeyer
  • Phone: 937-229-2999
  • Location: Kettering Laboratories Room 374


James Obermeyer

Lecturer in Engineering, University of Dayton China Institute

  • Full-Time Faculty


As lecturer in engineering, Jamie will teach foundational engineering courses at the UD China Institute in Suzhou, China, and will collaborate with colleagues in Suzhou Industrial Park.  

Since 2010, Jamie has taught as an adjunct professor with our mechanical and aerospace engineering department and led the migration of CAD classes from 2D AutoCAD-based to 3D based, Inventor and SolidWorks. 

Jamie has substantial international engineering and business experience with colleagues, suppliers and customers in Germany, Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, France, Poland and India. 

Currently, working with the BWI Group as IT manager for global engineering applications, Jamie leads global projects to maintain engineering applications for BWI engineers and designers at 5 technical centers in North America, Europe and Asia. 

Before BWI, Jamie worked at Delphi in Vandalia serving customers such as Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and International Truck. Prior to Delphi, he worked at GM in Warren, Michigan, where he collaborated with Japanese partners, Toyota, Suzuki, and Isuzu, and each year made multiple visits to Japan.  


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

  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mech. 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 1991 juried paper on the topic of automotive safety engineering (A comparison of frontal and side impact: Crash dynamics, countermeasures and subsystem tests).

Courses Taught

  • MEE 104L: Solid Modeling in Design
  • MEE 431L: Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Laboratory
  • EGR 201: Engineering Mechanics
  • EGR 202: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • EGR 203: Electrical & Electronic Circuits
  • EGR 203L: Electrical and Electronic Circuits Lab
  • EGR 299: Engineering Innovation and Design
  • EGR 323: Project Management


  • Master of Science, Engineering Sciences
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Professional Activities

  • IT manager, BWI Group, Kettering, Ohio

Research Interests

  • 3D CAD
  • Product lifecycle management
  • 3D visualization
  • Project management
  • Automotive safety testing and simulation