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GM Manager Cindy Svestka Honored with the SAE International J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 10, 2014 - Cindy Svestka, Engineering Group Manager (EGM) for GM Powertrain's North American Gas Engine Diagnostics and Evaporative Emissions Group, will be honored with the J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders during the SAE 2014 World Congress.  Svestka will receive the award during the Awards and Recognitions Ceremony, Tuesday, April 8 at 5 p.m. in Cobo Center.


The award recognizes a woman active in the mobility industry who has achieved the best balance of life by outstanding performance or significant contributions in two or more of the following areas: exhibits outstanding service to her company and community; demonstrates excellent leadership as a supervisor, manager, or in team environments; displays innovation and uniqueness in achieving corporate and personal goals; demonstrates strong interpersonal skills; provides important engineering or technical contributions to the mobility industry; overcomes adversity; or participates in and is involved with SAE International activities.


Svestka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University, a Master’s of Science in Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.  She worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois from 1998 to 2000, before joining the General Motors team. 


Before taking on her current assignment in 2013, Svestka was the EGM for the Cranking Systems & Electronic Sensors group; the Business Process Manager for Powertrain Vehicle Integration, Lead Fuel System Engineer for the launch of the Ethanol (E85) flex-fuel systems for the full-size Pick-up and SUV applications; Energy and Drive Quality Engineer for the Chevrolet HHR; and Energy Analysis Engineer for a future Hybrid program. Throughout her time at GM, Svestka has been active in the GM and U.S. Department of Energy co-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series, supporting the 2001 FutureTruck competition, Challenge X in 2005-2008, EcoCAR in 2008-2011, and now EcoCAR 2. For EcoCAR 2, she is a member of the competition Technical Steering Committee and the Event Captain for the Business Program and Women in Engineering events.   


SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 138,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.



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