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Informational Interview w/ Sr. Design Engineer- Mike Freeman

Mike Freeman is Senior Design Engineer of Automotive Body Structures.  He has worked for Ford Motor Company for over 28 years all in Upper-Body-Structure Design-and-Release Engineering with a focus on Bodysides, Roofs, Package-Trays, Sealing and Fixed Glass sub-systems.   Prior to Ford, he worked as a manufacturing engineer in General Motors Paint Systems. His education post-MSU include two masters from Wayne State University and a course at Duke University.   His diverse work experiences allowed him to travel to Europe, Japan, Mexico, Canada and all over the United States.  

Mike’s work enjoyment comes with designing parts in CAD, Analysis and Optimization of body structures systems and sub-systems.   The advances in the software to run analysis for both structural attributes (Finite Element-stress-analysis) as well as manufacturing/fabrication (stamping forming simulations) is really a cool way to earn a living.   Fold in some cost-optimization and there is a sense of contributing to society.  Seeing your designs in dealerships, car shows and yes even in vehicles in movies pretty nice feeling.

Mike lives in the downriver (Detroit) area and often visits MSU.  Two of his three children are MSU grads (Nick-2015, Megan-2017) and his youngest is hoping to attend MSU in the fall of 2018.   Mike often visits MSU for a football game or maybe a round of golf at Forest Akers with his sons and of course ice cream from the dairy store.

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