ACADEMY of
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
and ENGINEERING MECHANICS

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Dr. Terry J. Woychowski

Terry J. Woychowski earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 at Michigan Tech. He took post-graduate studies in the pre-medical program at Wayne State University from 1980-1981 and attended the Global Executive Development Program at the Duke University School Of Business in 1988. After graduating from Michigan Tech he started at General Motors as an Engineer in Milford and in 1982 he became a Development Engineer for NVH at the Milford Proving Grounds. In 1985 he left GM to become department head and mechanical engineering professor at Pensacola Christian College, FL. He returned to GM in 1987 as a Development Engineer at the proving grounds in Mesa, AZ. Over the next two decades at General Motors he held the positions of Chassis and Suspension Design Release Engineer, Engineering Group Manager, Assistant Chief Engineer, and Area Manager of the Body and Paint Departments. In 1998 he was promoted to the position of Executive Director, GM North America Vehicle Systems Engineering and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer, Full Sized Trucks in Warren, MI. His responsibilities included engineering design, development, and integration of components and systems for all cars and trucks developed in North America for full size light-duty and heavy duty pickups and sport utility vehicles marketed under the Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, and Hummer brands. In 2003 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2009 he became vice president, global vehicle program management.  Woychowski, 53, has been with GM for more than 29 years.  He has been chief engineer for GM's award-winning line of full-size pickups and sport-utility vehicles since 1997, and for the past four years, he has also served in the leadership role for the regional chief engineers.

Terry is a four-time recipient of the General Motor’s highest honor, the GM Chairman’s Honors, for his leadership in developing and bringing to market the Chevrolet Avalanche and the Hummer H2. He received GM’s North America Achievement of Excellence award for the development of the all-wheel-drive viscous-coupled transfer case in GM’s midsize truck-based vans in 1987. He has patent applications for the design of a parking brake adjustment mechanism and an electronic sphygmomanometer, a blood pressure measuring device that uses electronics instead of gauges.

Terry is General Motor’s key executive liaison with Michigan Tech. He is also currently a member of External Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech.

Terry has been active in civic and volunteer work. He helped develop and lead the efforts of his church’s involvement in setting up refugee camps in Albania and Kosovo during the conflict in the Balkans. He has served his community as a paramedic and as a leading elder at his church. Terry and his wife Rochelle Ann have three children and reside in Commerce Township, MI.

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