Washkewicz College of Engineering
James D. Heckelman is the founder of Dan-Mar Company, Inc. in Norwalk, Ohio. As President and Chief Executive Officer for over 40 years, he led the firm in developing custom electronic products for the medical, automotive, military, mining and automotive industries. He holds nine patents.
Mr. Heckelman’s career began at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, where he designed and developed instrumentation for nuclear reactors and served as head of Instrument & Controls.
He honed his skills as a participant in the College of Engineering’s cooperative education program, earning a bachelor of electrical engineering degree in 1962. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Toledo.
He is a director emeritus of Cvista Bank. He and his wife established the James D. and Margaret F. Heckelman Endowed Scholarship Fund in the Washkewicz College of Engineering. They live in Norwalk.