2013 Chevy Malibu designers bring woman's perspective
It is safe to say that one stereotype many of us suffer from is thinking of car enthusiasts, auto mechanics, and car designers and engineers as men. It is debatable whether this gender bias is based on some fact, but one thing that is not up for debate is the reality that women buy more than half of all cars. Chevy also revealed in a recent press release that women are involved in about 80% of car buying decisions for their family. Any car maker that only had male engineers and designers would be at a huge disadvantage. Chevy knows this and supports the GM foundation which encourages women to pursue the Science and Math courses needed to be part of the technical teams at GM. Four women on the Malibu team now highlight how important gender diversity can be in designing a family car.
Tracy Mack-Askew is responsible for the 2013 Chevy Malibu development and on-time launch. Like many engineers she has made important contributions along the path of her career. She holds a patent related to extending bulb life in automobiles. In addition to her engineering degree she holds master’s degrees from both Purdue and Harvard University. Oh, and by the way is a mom of two. Her interest in automotive engineering was sparked during a high school field trip during which she witnessed a crash test.