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Kristin Zimmerman
Alumna, 1987, 1990, 1993
Warren, Michigan
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Kristin Zimmerman

Recharging the auto industry.

Alumna, 1987, 1990, 1993
Warren, Michigan


A mechanical engineer with a pilot’s license, Kristin Zimmerman originally had her sights set on working in the space program. But a change in career trajectory instead has taken her around the world and back, as she works to help recharge Michigan’s automotive industry through energy efficiency.

As manager of advanced technology infrastructure at General Motors, Zimmerman helped craft the automotive company’s energy strategy and contributed her expertise in energy and environmental policy as a member of the team that created the energy-efficient hybrid electric Chevy Volt.

Zimmerman credits her Michigan State education—a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics—and her ability to problem solve in any situation with giving her the flexibility to pursue new areas in her field and to make a contribution to the world.

“I have learned that single individuals clearly can make a difference and can influence something worldly or global,” says Zimmerman.