Jane Michalek

Research Business Manager

Center for Automotive Research

Jane Michalek joined CAR in April of 2022 as a Research Business Manager, with years of experience as an automotive program and supply chain leader.  Jane previously worked at Comau and Cummins, providing program and supply chain management while building engines for Ford, Chrysler, Daimler, Komatsu and Navistar. In addition, Jane worked with Panasonic automotive and various 2-tier suppliers while leading the coordination of the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).  Jane has provided many years as an automotive program manager, where her skills focused on guiding projects to completion in a timely and efficient manner, and utilizing her six-sigma training within the industry.


  • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration – Columbia University
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Finance/Management – Oakland University

Relevant Training

  • DFSS – Design for Six Sigma Green Belt trained – TDFSS DFSS, DMAIC, DVP&R
  • Kanban Methodology to improve systems/Lean manufacturing
  • 5S Leader to improve business operations and structured work environment
  • Strategic analysis and able to do sanity check on the data
  • FMEA, MQV and 9-box project risk summary
  • Applied Mechanics and component system performance/Gauging training