Project Manager Center for Automotive Research
former Executive Director, Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors
Mark W. Stevens is currently a Project Manager for the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Stevens leads several projects across multiple companies, each with specific objectives. Examples include leading tooling initiatives, deploying lightweight materials in sheet metal stampings, implementing new joining techniques for assembly, and deploying new technologies such as Press Hardened Steel and Aluminum. Mr. Stevens came to CAR after five years as the Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering at Diversified Tooling Group.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Stevens has more than 40 years of experience in the Tool, Die and Stamping Industry. A former Tool & Die Maker, Mr. Stevens joined General Motors Fisher Body Division, Die Engineering Activity in 1977. He completed an apprenticeship in Die Design, and graduated with a B.S. from Lawrence Technological University, majoring in Industrial Studies. He received an M.S. degree from Kettering University in Manufacturing Management in 1988.
Mr. Stevens held numerous assignments in Manufacturing Engineering for General Motors, developing and implementing the math-based systems for Die Engineering, Design and Construction.
In October, 1993, Mr. Stevens was appointed to the position as Director of Die Engineering. In this assignment, Mr. Stevens led the transition to 100% solid model die design, sheet metal forming simulation, and press and automation simulation. Promoted to Executive Director of the Die & Press Centers and Manufacturing Technologies at General Motors, he was responsible for dies and presses worldwide for GM. Mr. Stevens retired from GM in September, 2009, after 32 years of service.