GM engineer Marissa West: “We’re just beginning to understand what vehicles of the future will sound and feel like.” (Image source: Steve Fecht for General Motors)
It could be argued that no engineers in the history of the auto industry have faced the challenges that today’s engineers do.
The current crop of engineers is teaching cars to drive themselves. They’re replacing gasoline with electricity. They’re replacing steel with composites. They’re looking for ways to boost fuel efficiency, cut emissions, and reduce driver distraction. And at the same time, they’re integrating phones, video and glitzy new electronic displays into vehicles.
Here, we offer 14 profiles of automotive engineers who are doing that amazing work. Our top engineers include experts in autonomous driving, child safety, aerodynamics, fuel cells, materials, batteries, software, sensors, and much more.
To be sure, the auto industry employs tens of thousands of engineers who are doing brilliant work. The following group is really just a snapshot of a select few who are engaged in groundbreaking developments, not only at the OEM level, but among the suppliers, as well.
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Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 34 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.