- BS Mechanical Engineering 1976
Daniel R. Kapp (BSME '76) is Director, Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company. He is also a graduate of the Ford College Graduate Program (FCG). After graduation from Michigan Tech, Dan went to work at Ford Motor Company as an engineer in the Car Product Development Group and has spent his entire career at Ford in positions of increasing responsibility in the area of engine and Powertrain product development.
His work at Ford included work on the 3.0L Vulcan Engine Team through its launch in 1986, development and launch of all of the modular engine derivatives including the 4.6L 2V & 4V Rameo, the Duratec V6's, and the Triton truck engines, the design and development of the Modular V8 and V6 engines as Ford revamped its engine line-up to overhead cam designs. He currently has responsibility for directing Ford Motor Company's EcoBoost engine strategy. In 2001, Dan assumed the role as the executive champion for Michigan Tech in the Ford Advanced Education Partnership program.
He serves on the College of Engineering External Advisory Committee, is a past member of the ME-EM External Advisory Board, has been a keynote speaker at the ME-EM Senior Banquet & Order of the Engineer Ceremony (2005), and was the guest speaker, Groundbreaking Ceremony, ATDC, June 2003. Dan and his wife Linda Lavastida-Kapp have two children, a son Colin, and a daughter, Sydney. The Kapps reside in Ann Arbor, MI and New Bern, NC.
From 2011 Induction to the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy