Cuper’s varied industrial experience lends itself to advising and mentoring students. He has worked for more than 30 years at Ford Motor Co. in engineering design, management, product planning, testing and development. His last assignment was managing the Ford Technology Review Center to help implement suppliers’ new technologies. Prior to Ford, he worked at General Motors, in design shops and completed an apprenticeship program.
Cuper has taught courses in the College of Engineering evening programs as an adjunct faculty since 1978, and became a professor in 2006. He helps students to focus their efforts on academic achievement and long-term career goals.
He is involved in many activities outside of LTU, including church, homeowner's association, and volunteer services.
Cuper's passion is muscle cars. He has owned 24 Mustangs (one at a time) over the years, starting with the 1965 2+2 Fastback, a supercharged Cobra, and now he has a 2019 GT Fastback.