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

Sponsored by Stanford Mechanical Engineering Women's Group, Mechanical Engineering - Design Group


Thursday, February 13, 2020
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
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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," a long-standing seminar series designed by and for students. The speakers come from a variety of professional domains and have made diverse life and career choices. E311A aims to be a comfortable environment where students are encouraged to think hard and ask lots of questions. Guests are welcome, with the understanding that this is not a career event, but rather about career⁠—and life⁠—exploration.

Cookies and tea will be served at 4:20pm.

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