Mike Mikula

Global Chief Engineer, Manufacturing System and Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company

Mike grew up in the Detroit area with his five siblings. He attended college at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where completed both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering.

Mike joined Ford Motor Company in 1994 as a process engineer and was selected to participate in its prestigious four-year Manufacturing Leadership Program in 1997. He then held a series of management positions at Ford, including overseeing the $1.6 billion overhaul of manufacturing processes at four different plants to introduce Ford’s award winning EcoBoost engine in 2006.

Following that, he then led Ford’s Van Dyke manufacturing plant increase in production from 800,000 units to 1.8 million units per year from 2009 to 2012. Mike was appointed Assistan Plant Manager at Van Dyke in 2014 and Plant Manager of Rawsonville Components Plant in 2016.

In October 2017, Mike was appointed to the role of Powertrain Global Chief Engineer for manufacturing system and infrastructure at Ford. In this role, he oversaw the manufacturing processes for engines, transmissions, axles, batteries, and e-motors across the globe, playing a critical part in the introduction of next-generation electrical and hybrid technologies.

In August 2018, Mike was named the Chief Engineer of the Advanced Manufacturing organization at Ford with global responsibilities for introducing technology in practical ways to address existing challenges while pursuing manufacturing methods that combine technologies to maintain Ford’s position as an industry leader in manufacturing.