John DeSalle

Executive Engineer-in-Residence

John DeSalle is an Executive Engineer-in-Residence at iNDustry Labs.  In this capacity, he serves as a translator and bridge builder for companies in the region. He regularly visits companies, articulates industry challenges, and identifies available resources through the LIFT Network to help drive regional industry advancement.

John brings nearly 36 years of experience in the tire industry, including more than 31 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, and senior management at Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation, where he retired as President. John began his tire career as a five-year Engineering Co-op student at Cooper Tire and Rubber Company as par of the work/study program at Kettering University. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, he worked full time at Cooper Tire as a Research Engineer and as a Passenger Tire Product Development Engineer. John also holds an MBA from Indiana University.