Graduation Year: 1964
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes exceptional career achievement in a professional field.
Robert (Bob) Oswald has held a wide range of positions with the world’s leading companies and has been an outstanding Board of Trustee member for Kettering University since 1993. Bob and his wife Marcy are members of the Bell Tower Society at Kettering and have established the “Oswald International Fellowship,” supporting faculty and student study abroad opportunities.
Bob retired from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in January 2010. He was appointed Chairman in October 2003 and had served as Chairman and CEO since March 2002. Bendix, with headquarters in Elyria, Ohio, is a member of the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse Group, the leading worldwide supplier of pneumatic braking and related safety systems for commercial vehicle and railroad applications. Prior to the Bendix assignments, Bob was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Bosch Corporation, the North American subsidiary of the Stuttgart, Germany-based Robert Bosch GmbH. Bob was also a member of the Bosch Board of Management. He joined the Bosch organization in 1989, and held the Board and North American management positions from July 1996 until his retirement in December 2000. From 1983 to 1989, Bob was Vice President and General Manager – Electronics with Cummins, Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. From 1966 to 1983, he held a series of manufacturing and development positions with Ford Motor Company. He is a 1964 graduate of Kettering University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and earned an MBA from Michigan State University in 1972. Bob is a member of the Society of Engineers and was a past General Chairman of the SAE International Congress & Exposition. He was a charter board member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), and served for 20 years on the Board of Trustees at Kettering University. Bob is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Paice, LLC (Baltimore, MD), Perceptron, Corporation (Plymouth, MI), Movimento Group AB (Plymouth, MI), and Hoffman Materials, LLC (Carlisle, PA). A native of Rochester, N.Y., He resides in Bonita Springs, Fla., with his wife Marcy.