The folks atÂ ChevroletÂ sent me this video showcasing the women who worked on the 2013 Chevy Malibu. I love it. And not just because I’ve been in that wind tunnel and the safety engineering roomÂ populatedÂ with crash-test dummies. I love it because Chevrolet has decided to showcase the women behind their products. I think when young women see other women building cars and running high-tech companies, it helps them to see their own future more clearly. Many women with fabulous careers in high tech and engineering have told me it was a small thing — a suggestion, a class, aÂ rebelliousÂ nature — that got them started on these careers they love. This is work that they describe asÂ fascinating, creative, a blast, rewarding — and very profitable.
Are these women geeks? Absolutely. Geek moms are the best. Check it out!
Here are some details (provided by GM PR) on the women in the video:
Suzanne â€œSuzyâ€ Cody, aerodynamics engineer â€“Â CodyÂ is a rocket scientist â€“ literally â€“ with a degree in aerospace engineering. Known for her â€œGM blueâ€ hair highlights, she is also a force to be reckoned with in the wind tunnel and on the roller derby track.
Kara Gordon, lead acoustic noise engineer â€“Â GordonÂ is a specially trained audiologist whose sensitiveÂ hearing skills â€“ always a tactical advantage for a mother â€“ help her identify where noises may have originated, and how to reduce, block and absorb the noise from entering the cabin of the Malibu. She is a key part of a team that eradicates noise â€“ wind, road and tire â€“ from entering the interior.
Julie Kleinert, child safety technical lead â€“Â As the lead engineer responsible for child occupant protection, Kleinertâ€™s job is to evaluate and develop the safety performance requirements for the vehicle restraint systems that protect children who ride in the Malibu and other GM vehicles.
Tracy Mack-Askew, vehicle line manager â€“Â Mack-Askewâ€™s passion for science and math was sparked during a high school field trip to view a vehicle crash test. That experience led her to pursue an engineering degree fromÂ Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteÂ and an engineering career at GM following graduation.