James Obermeyer

Lecturer in Engineering, University of Dayton China Institute

Full-Time Faculty


Email: James Obermeyer
Phone: 937-229-2999

Kettering Laboratories Room 374



As lecturer in engineering, Jamie primarily teaches foundation engineering courses at the UD China Institute in Suzhou, China, and collaborates with colleagues and industry partners in Suzhou Industrial Park.

From 2010 to 2017, Jamie taught as an adjunct professor with our mechanical and aerospace engineering department and led the migration of CAD classes from 2D AutoCAD-based to 3D based, Inventor and SolidWorks.

Jamie has substantial international engineering and business experience with colleagues, suppliers and customers in Germany, Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, France, Poland and India.

Previously working for the BWI Group as IT manager for global engineering applications, Jamie led global projects to maintain engineering applications for BWI engineers and designers at five technical centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Before BWI, Jamie worked in the automotive industry in various engineering and engineering management roles for Delphi and for General Motors.


Selected Publications  

  • Lau, I., Capp, J., & Obermeyer, J. (1991). A comparison of frontal and side impact: Crash dynamics, countermeasures and subsystem tests. SAE Technical Paper 912896.

Selected Patents  

  • U.S. Patent 5749554: Tray assembly.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, University of Dayton, 2015
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mech. Engineering Honorary Society
  • Delphi Corporation: President Council Honors as project manager responsible for development and production of Delphi’s first integrated, sequenced cockpit for Mercedes-Benz.
  • General Motors Corporation: Extraordinary Accomplishment Award for large project to educate emergency responders in safe handling of post-crash airbags.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers: Ralph Isbrandt Award for the best 1991 juried paper on the topic of automotive safety engineering (A comparison of frontal and side impact: Crash dynamics, countermeasures and subsystem tests).

Courses Taught

  • MEE 104L: Solid Modeling in Design
  • MEE 431L/432L: Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Laboratory I & II
  • MEE 460: Engineering Analysis
  • MTH 129: Calculus for Business
  • EGR 103: Engineering Innovation
  • EGR 201: Engineering Mechanics
  • EGR 202: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • EGR 203: Electrical & Electronic Circuits
  • EGR 203L: Electrical & Electronic Circuits Lab
  • EGR 299: Engineering Innovation & Design
  • EGR 323: Project Management


  • Master of Science, Engineering Sciences
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Professional Activities

  • IT manager, BWI Group, Kettering, Ohio

Research Interests

  • 3D CAD
  • Product lifecycle management
  • 3D visualization
  • Project management
  • Automotive safety testing and simulation