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David Emerling

  • Industry Collaborations Direct, Cntr for Automotive Research
  • Cass Lake Front Rd
    Keego Harbor, MI 48320
  • 614-292-7361


David Emerling is the industry collaborations director for CAR. He is responsible for executing a broad strategy targeted at attracting industrial funding for Ohio State in the form of consortium membership fees, gifts, student scholarships, fellowships and research programs.

Emerling joined CAR in November of 2008. In May of 2014 his responsibilities expanded to include industry outreach for the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME).

Prior to joining CAR Emerling was the program director for Microheat in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he managed all the Ford programs that were about to launch with Microheat’s HotShot product. Before joining Microheat, Emerling worked at Lear Corporation for nearly 20 years as a program manager for General Motors interior programs, leading a team of engineers and designers.  In addition to program management, Emerling was previously the director of Advanced Engineering at Lear Donnelly before joining Lear’s Asian OEM Division as director of technical support.  Emerling was also the North American contact for Lear China and India.   Prior to Lear, he was a platform system integrator for the Electric/Electronic Department at General Motors in Warren, Mich.  Through employment with Ohio State, Microheat, Lear and GM, Emerling has over 35 years of automotive experience.   

Emerling earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State.  He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, two time president and past board member of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Detroit and past board member of Clean Fuels Ohio.  Emerling is also the recipient of seven patents, 1998 Ohio State Alumni Best Buckeye Award winner and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.  Interests include cars, gardening, sailing, photography music and community service.