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DAA: David Doster

David Doster

Dearborn, MI | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1996

For David Doster, quality truly is job one and two and three... As an employee of Ford Motor Company since 1978 he is currently chief engineer of automotive components division in Dearborn, Michigan, having held more than 10 different positions and his rising career at Ford. After a summer internship, he began with the company as a print product planning analyst for agricultural tractors at the Ford tractor operations plant in Troy, Michigan. His early years with Ford were spent as a product engineer, manufacturing process engineer, and Senior advanced manufacturing engineer. After earning his Masters of business administration degree from University of Michigan in 1983, David’s role expanded. He became chief planning analyst for new business studies in the climate control division, manager of a Korean program team focusing on climate control standards, and program planning manager for North America and Europe. In 1989, he was deemed plan manager of the Coclisa plant in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. From there, Ford brought David back home again, to Indiana that is. The West Lafayette native was named manufacturing manager of the climate control division and Connersville, Indiana, The largest Ford operation in the United States. The plan, which is one of the most highly automated in the world, produced produces radiators and air conditioning systems for Ford cars and trucks. Mr. Doster managed 3000 employees and was responsible for a daily shipment of 130,000 parts worth about $3 million wholesale. Following his success in this capacity, Mr. Doster was promoted to his current position. David has been active in the companies “Ford 2000” restructuring effort to improve quality and customer service through five worldwide vehicle centers. His division, one of the five centers is responsible for large front-wheel-drive vehicles. It has a staff of more than 400 and annual component sales of $1.8 billion. David remains in active alumnus of Purdue University. He serves on the Dean’s industrial engineering advisory committee, and with the Purdue alumni Association Detroit club. He has participated in occupational Outlook at Purdue, a student/professional activity, and represents Ford Motor Company at career days on campus to recruit fellow Purdue alumni into the Ford organization.