15 Engineers Who Are Transforming the Auto Industry: Page 19 of 19

These 15 engineers are working on the auto industry’s most influential projects, from autonomy and electrification to safety and manufacturing.

and drive the expenses down even further.

“We’re vetting that technology very early,” Stabenow told us. “So we are able to ‘trial’ it on actual manufacturing-intent equipment to show that this stuff can be made.”

Moreover, GM has moved its fuel cell program team from New York to Pontiac, MI to be closer to the company’s engine and transmission programs, the better to capitalize on knowledge in those quarters. Ultimately, the company plans to bring its technology out in a production car, but it’s not yet saying when.

None of this is unfamiliar territory for Stabenow, who holds an M.S. in materials science from Ohio State University, served as a metallurgical engineer at GM’s Flint transmission plant and, later, as an engine materials engineer at GM’s Livonia engine plant. She has also held senior roles in manufacturing, giving her a practical view of production realities.

That’s partly why she’s convinced that there’s an important role waiting for fuel cells in the near future. “This isn’t a science project,” she told us. “Every person who has visited our lab has been surprised. They always say, ‘We didn’t know you were this close to manufacturing.’”

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Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and autos.

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As retired electrical engineer of major automotive company I must say I fully agree with this vision of the near future electrical traction energy source. Battery use will disappear in few decade of time.

too bad there aren't any historical introductions...my team designed and manufactured a hybrid city bus and put 26 on the road in 1998...a series hybrid, 336VDC battery plus CNG-motor-generator with dual motor PLC control; low-floor chassis(sort of copied by Martin Marietta!)four-wheel disc brakes w/ABS; four doors; LED lighting; LCDs and touch-screen driver station...

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