Describe your role at Johnson Controls:
I work on a number of battery level design projects (as opposed to working on individual components). This usually entails analyzing the requirements, capabilities, and performance of new and existing product. I have the opportunity to work with many functional groups outside of engineering to make sure we are aligned with the business and customer needs.
What excites you most about your work?
The opportunity to work on projects and products that will eventually have an impact on people’s daily life. Most people don’t realize the impact a car battery has until it doesn’t work anymore. It may not be the most glamorous business, but it is a pretty complex product that has interesting chemical properties affected by a multi-step manufacturing process.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
My favorite project is from my second summer as an intern. We wanted to improve the robustness of our batteries in high heat climates so I designed an experiment to look at the temperature profiles under the hood of the car and inside the battery. I also looked at the differences in the temperature profile when the battery had a heat shield. It was exciting to install these batteries in our taxi fleet and then get the data back to analyze and draw conclusions. One of the really cool things about this project is how often I’ve been asked to share my data and conclusions. As recently as a month ago, someone asked me to send over the work I had done so that they could share this information with our customers.
What do you like about working in Milwaukee?
Being at the Power Solutions and Corporate headquarters allows me to meet many leaders of the organization in many different functional groups. It’s not every day you can go down to the cafeteria for lunch and stand behind the CEO in the sandwich line.
What have been some of your career highlights at Johnson Controls?
Appearing on the cover and being interviewed for “Woman Engineer” magazine with MaryAnn Wright and Piper Howell. This article aims to change the perception of women in the engineering field and inspire future female engineers
Completing two summer internships at Johnson Controls in Engineering while attending school at MIT
What inspires you the most?
I’m inspired and motivated by the thought that my generation is going to be leading companies like Johnson Controls very soon. We’ll get to decide the direction of the company at some point so my goal is to learn as much as I can now to make more informed decisions in the future.