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Letters to a Young Engineer: Marissa West, Vehicle Chief Engineer (General Motors)

February 13, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
Mitchell B67, Stanford University


Marissa West is currently the Chief Engineer of the GMC Sierra Heavy Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty Truck programs. As Vehicle Chief Engineer, West is leading the launch of GM’s all new heavy duty pick-up trucks which entails leading a large team of engineers across multiple functions to design, engineer and bring to market an incredibly important product with volumes of almost 300,000 units annually.

Previously she was the Director of the Global Noise & Vibration Center since 2016 and in 2018 the Vehicle Dynamics Center was added to her responsibility. She subsequently led the transformation and merging of the N&V and Dynamics centers into an agile and lean organization before moving into her role as a Chief Engineer.

Marissa began her career in the automotive industry as a college intern in 2001 and joined GM as a full time employee in 2003. Since that time, she has held a variety of positions in product engineering ranging from performance engineer, IRT co-chair in several vehicle assembly plants, hybrid safety systems engineer, chassis systems engineer and engineering manager as well as Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

She holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.


Marissa's talk is part of the Winter quarter E311A seminar series, “Letters to a Young Engineer.” Come hear from an inspiring group of women as they share stories about their lives and lessons learned from their varied careers in engineering. People of all identities are welcome! Cookies and tea will be served at 4:20pm.

Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women's Group, Mechanical Engineering - Design Group
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