PONTIAC, Mich. - Frank Davis, executive director, North America Engineering, received an Alumni Achievement Award from Lawrence Technological University (LTU) at the school’s 81st commencement held Saturday, May 11, in Pontiac.
Davis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from LTU in 1984, oversees engineering for car, truck, SUV and crossover design and development for all North American Ford and Lincoln brands. He also has the lead role among Ford’s Global Engineering directors in driving global engineering standards, policies and practices.
Davis has been with Ford for 29 years and has held product development positions in North America, Europe and Japan. He began his career in Ford Heavy Truck Operations as a chassis design engineer. As executive director of North America Product Programs from 2007 – 2011, he led a team that overhauled the Ford product lineup from the Fiesta through the Super Duty truck line.
Davis pursued his LTU degree by first attending evening classes and later as a full-time student.
“My time at Lawrence Tech made me who I am today and taught me many life lessons, such as my work ethic and the value of teamwork,” said Davis, who also has an MBA from the University of Detroit.
Davis credits LTU Professor Jerry Crist for inspiring him to “go above and beyond the task at hand and look to education as a journey of lifelong learning.”
“At Lawrence Tech, I learned that ‘good’ was never ‘good enough’ and the faculty always challenged me to go further,” he said. “That’s what I do every day at Ford – Go Further!”