Kristy Rasbach
Mrs Kristy D Rasbach
Engineering Group Manager, General Motors

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.

    I lead the team of technical experts for Vehicle Dynamics at General Motors.  I am responsible for staffing the team, conveying leadership vision and direction, and determining objectives in order for GM vehicles to have world class ride, handling, steering, and braking.  

  • Why did you choose engineering?

    I chose engineering because I knew I would not be limited in my career if I earned an engineering degree.  I love math and science, so studying engineering seemed like a natural fit.  I also have a passion for automobiles, so I combined my passion with my degrees to create a rewarding career at General Motors.  

  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?

    I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  I also graduated from Purdue University with a Master's Degree in Engineering with a concentration in Automotive Engineering.

  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?

    I spent the early years in my career designing and releasing automotive chassis components.  This involved working with suppliers, traveling to their facilities, and also traveling to GM assembly plants.  Most recently, I lead the team of engineers that developed the 2017 Chevrolet Volt.  This was my most challenging assignment where I needed to integrate a full vehicle and lead other engineers that didn't work directly for me.  Now I am an Engineering Group Manager, so I'm focusing more on the people I lead versus being an individual engineering contributor.  I hire engineers, work with them to determine their career progression, and I make sure the team is working together to achieve the right goals.  

  • What do you like best about being an engineer?

    I like solving problems and helping people.  

  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?

    The nationwide launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Volt.  Watching the first vehicle come off the end of the assembly line is a feeling I'll never forgot!  It was a lot of hard work that led up to that point.  

  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?

    I have successfully integrated my family life and my career to make sure that both are fulfilling.  I have also succeeded in areas that are very underrepresented by women.  

  • Please tell us a little about your family.

    I have been married for 15 years and I have three children: two girls and one boy. My husband is also an engineer.  

  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?

    My short term goal is to successfully lead the team that I'm responsible for in my current work assignment.  My long term goal is to grow my leadership capabilities and become an executive at General Motors.  

  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?

    Early on, my father was instrumental in encouraging me to pursue engineering.  More recently, my husband and children are a great influence.  They support my career goals and are a never ending source of inspiration.  

  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?

    Do it!  It is not the easiest path, but it is incredibly rewarding.  You will endure some adversity, but never give up.

  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.

    When I'm not at work, I'm spending time with my family.  You can usually find me driving my kids to their activities, helping them with their homework, or attending their games/events.  I enjoy getting regular exercise and I fit it in very early in the morning at 5 am!  I love to travel.  I recently returned from a trip to Greece.

Biography
Kristy leads the team of technical experts in vehicle dynamics at General Motors Company. They are at the forefront of methods, metrics, and tools in vehicle ride, handling, steering, and braking. Prior to her tenure in vehicle performance integration, she was responsible for the nationwide launch and engineering execution of the second generation Chevrolet Volt. The privilege of leading the Volt engineering team developed her enthusiasm for electrification. Over her 20+ year career at GM, she has grown diverse automotive expertise in lead roles in chassis engineering, specialty vehicles, advanced vehicle development and computer aided engineering, and global product programs. Passionate about attracting girls to engineering and STEM related careers, Kristy enjoys volunteering for Girl Scouts and is an active mentor in GM WOMEN. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MSE in Automotive Engineering from Purdue University. Kristy is also Black Belt certified in Design for Six Sigma.
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Education
B.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor M.S. Engineering, concentration in Automotive Engineering - Purdue University, West Lafayette
Volunteer Opportunities
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Latest Questions
  • Valentina

    Added Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    I have wanted to be an engineer since high school, but then towards the end I didnt do great in calc 1 and physics 1. I decided to go to community college so that I would be sure that engineering was for me and the class itself was very enjoyable but then the math and science classes that i am taking make me feel like im dumb because i have gotten bad grades. I also dont know what kind of engineering to do because there's so many and how am i supposed to know which one im good at or which one ...
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    Kristy Rasbach, General Motors
    Answered Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:50 AM
    Valentina,
    
    If you enjoy your math and science classes and you are interested in pursuing engineering as a career, my best advice to you is "don't give up!"  My experience was that the foundational courses for engineering study were VERY challenging.  ...
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