SAE Member for 22 years
Alba Colon is the Chevrolet Racing Program Manager of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for GM. Under her charge, Chevrolet has garnered 248 race wins, 10 driver's championships, and 13 Manufacturers' Cup awards. In addition to being an extremely accomplished engineer, she is a pioneering woman who both encourages and inspires other women to also achieve their dreams.
Her admiration for astronaut Sally Ride strongly influenced Alba's interest in math and science, ultimately leading to her pursuit of an engineering degree. However, she credits her participation in SAE's Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competition, Formula SAE, in 1991 as the impetus for her ultimate career calling. "Through the CDS program, SAE introduced me to the mobility industry that was unknown to me when I was growing up," says Colon. "Also, it allowed me to grow in another area that is very important to me: giving back to the community."
Even at the very onset of her burgeoning career, Alba was indeed, giving back. She went directly from a competitor at Formula SAE to serving as an organizer, judge and various other volunteer roles; a trend that continues to this day. She currently is a member of SAE International's Board of Directors, Membership Board, Chair of the Young Professionals/Students Subgroup, and Chair of the SAE Foundation's Women's Giving Circle Steering Committee. She also is a member of the Comite Deportivo de Univision Deportes, participates on the leadership board of the Pink and Blue for Two Organization and is a sought-after speaker for universities, motorsports promotions, engineering seminars, inner city youth activities, and several other programs and organizations.
Alba has been featured in various media channels over the years and is the recipient of many honors including SAE's Edward N. Cole Distinguished Younger Member Award -- Detroit, Lyn St. James Women's in the Winner Circle Foundation's C&R Women in Engineering Award, and NASCAR Diversity Affairs' Industry Ambassador Award, and several others. But even with all of these accolades under her belt, when asked what professional accomplishment she is the most proud of, she says: "The opportunity to work with an extraordinary group of engineers that have been able to deliver many Driver's and Manufacturers' Championships. I have the best job in the world at General Motors and to have the chance to work with the latest technologies and to help not only our teams, but the rest of the company, keep themselves ahead of the competition, it makes me proud." [We are proud of you too, Alba.]
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