Biographies


Adam Dean

Vehicle Performance Engineer, Vehicle Dynamics – Ride and Handling


In this role, Adam is responsible for driving and evaluating prototype vehicles. This involves driving on racetracks to observe new design performance relative to objective and subjective targets. Within GM, he has been a test engineer in Noise & Vibration, worked within Vehicle Dynamics for several years, has been a chassis design release engineer for the GM Performance Division, and a Ride & Handling development engineer for approximately 12 years.

Adam earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech. He was raised in upstate New York and currently resides in White Lake, Michigan.


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Mark Dickens

Director – Performance Variants, Performance Parts and Motorsports Engineering


Mark has an extensive background in Performance Programs (Camaro SS, ZL1, 1LE, Z/28, G8 GXP). He is currently the Director for Performance Variants (High Performance Variants across GM including V series, ZL1 and Z/28), Performance Parts Engineering, as well as being the pathway for Motorsports Engineering back into the Production Engineering organization.

Mark also has 17 years of race driving background, including SCCA road racing, where he built and prepped his own cars, and Bonneville Land Speed Racing. He holds six Land Speed Records driving for GM.


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Richard Knoll

Lead Integration Engineer (LDE)


Richard is responsible for managing and coordinating all test and development activities for the Camaro at the General Motors Proving Grounds, which includes managing and overseeing steering and suspension tuning on road testing and lab testing. He also works regularly with the GM Performance Parts group on Camaro related items found in the Performance Parts catalog.

Dick started his career in manufacturing for three years and then moved to design. Prior to joining the Camaro team, he was the lead vehicle dynamics engineer for several car and truck programs, including the Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and the new Corvette.

Dick earned his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. When he’s not working, he enjoys working on cars and trucks. He is also a private pilot, has built his own experimental aircraft and has a runway in his backyard!


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Al Oppenheiser

Vehicle Chief Engineer, Chevrolet Camaro


Al Oppenheiser has been the Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro since November 1, 2007.  He is responsible for all variants of the Camaro, since its introduction in March, 2009.  He joined the Global Rear Wheel Drive team after spending 4 years as the Director of Concept & Vehicle Integration for the GM Performance Division.

He began his career with General Motors in 1985 at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan as a test engineer, and subsequently held several positions within engineering including Development and Validation manager on the Corvette platform.

When Al is not spending time on the Camaro program, he enjoys spending time in the 1968 Camaro Convertible he restored from the ground-up, riding his Harley, or his most recent purchase, a 1949 5-Window Chevy Pickup. 


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Mark Stielow

Program Engineering Manager, Camaro Z/28


In his current role, Mark’s primary responsibility is to help get the Z/28 into production. He’s involved in everything from architecting the vehicle, to working with design to coordinating with release engineers to make sure they have all the parts available to build – from concept to the start of production and all the steps in between.

Prior to his current role, Mark was a member of the High Performance Vehicle Operations Group (HPVO). His background is in ride and handling development of niche vehicles, like the Z/28. He was also an engineering group manager running HPVO activities at Milford and an engineering group manager in vehicle dynamics.

Mark earned his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He was raised in North Kansas City, Missouri and currently resides in Milford, Michigan.


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Bill Wise

Chassis Controls Integration Engineer


Bill’s primary responsibilities include tuning for the Anti-Lock Brake System, Traction Control, Stability Control and Performance Traction Management.

Before graduating college, Bill held internships with Dana at their testing facility in Ottawa Lake and their manufacturing plant in Auburn Hills, as well as an internship with GE in the aviation division. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, Bill spent 3 years with Bosch doing ABS calibration on the C6 Corvette program.

Bill has been with General Motors since 2011 in his current position supporting the Camaro program. He is originally from Canton, Ohio and currently resides in Northville, Michigan.