April 29, 2005 John M. Grace was recently named Industry Co-Director in the System Design and Management Program, a graduate level program jointly sponsored by MIT Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering . He began his career in 1963 at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL)/Calspan Corp., where he held a number of technical and technical management roles. In 1995, he was asked to join Arvin Industries, the parent company of Calspan, in Columbus, Ind., as VP of Engineering. In 2000, when Arvin Industries joined with Meritor Corp. to form ArvinMeritor, he became VP of Engineering and Technology.
Throughout his time at Arvin and ArvinMeritor, Grace was a supporter of the SDM program and Certificate programs. He officially retired from ArvinMeritor in January of 2005. As Industry Co-Director, Grace will help build support for the SDM program, with an industrial perspective. Grace earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame; an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Dayton.
Grace’s hobbies include art history, cycling, wood working, and horticulture.