Jerry Good has always loved manufacturing. “I especially enjoyed the application side, where we made things that achieve a purpose and objective,” he says. “I was introduced to the casting process at Purdue and it allowed me to become an expert in my field.”
Good has worked for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) since his graduation, serving as a tool and process engineer, process manager, and now as the casting division’s manufacturing engineering manager and innovation lead for the powertrain division. Good is widely recognized by his colleagues as an expert in casting and is deployed globally to help many of FCA’s casting suppliers.
Good was instrumental in establishing collaborative advanced research and innovation projects at Purdue. Working with Qingyou Han (professor of engineering technology and director of the Center for Materials Processing Research), these Purdue and FCA innovation projects have realized a reduction in use of 100,000 gallons of die lube per Die Cast Machine (98 DCMs at the Kokomo Casting Plant) and cost savings in excess of $100 million for FCA.
“The work my team is doing with research – especially with Purdue in challenging current technology and processes – is changing how we do business,” says Good. “We are encouraging the development of additive manufacturing (also known
as 3-D printing), which will remove design constraints and allow for faster adaptation to customer needs.”
Good remains active with Purdue’s chapter of the American Foundry Society. He and his wife, Sheri, live in Noblesville, Indiana. The couple has four children.