Years with the company: 1.
What do you do?
I am responsible for the powertrain design of the DTNA SuperTruck. The SuperTruck project is co-funded by DTNA and the US Department of Energy and has the goal of building a demonstration vehicle that has a 50% improvement in freight economy, measured in ton-miles per gallon. On any given day I may be working in a team to design a part or system, meeting with suppliers, or at our test facilities preparing for fuel economy tests.
What’s your favorite part of working here?
I like that my work is challenging and rewarding. I enjoy taking on large challenges myself, but I also have local and international support to call upon. The SuperTruck team works closely together, but also networks with other groups in Portland as well as in Germany and Japan. The most rewarding thing for me is knowing that my work will have a positive effect on the environment and our customers’ costs.
How are you innovating?
I am inventing and evaluating technology that is 10-20 years away from production. These technologies may not be commercially viable yet, but by evaluating them now we will be ready to implement them sooner than would be possible otherwise. One key to innovation in this industry is challenging the way things have always been done and discovering how they can be done more efficiently and effectively.
Why would you recommend Daimler Trucks North America?
I would recommend DTNA because the work here is challenging and changes daily. I think that DTNA has all the benefits of a large company but has the personal feel of a much smaller firm. There is a place for everyone here and different viewpoints and work styles are seen as strengths.
What do you do outside of work?
I enjoy getting outside and exploring the Northwest via rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, backpacking, and mountain biking. When I must be inside, I am usually cooking or brewing beer.Teams and Roles