Dana Komin
Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer for Advanced Vehicle Development
General Motors

“I am constantly challenged to not only solve today’s problems, but to create new possibilities for tomorrow. The energy is palpable. We are driven by success. Every decision made impacts someone and impacts the something that ends up in a customer’s hand. Every day drives me to be my best.”

Dana’s career in manufacturing began 30 years ago as an assembly plant maintenance supervisor. Since then, she has helped lead a global transformation of General Motors’ automotive manufacturing engineering plants. Dana acted as a leader to evolve old processes to their current state of the art collaboration between people and automation. As a leader in manufacturing, she has successfully led the technical teams to drive globally common solutions at lean investment costs. Notably, her team was responsible for battery manufacturing processes for the Chevrolet Volt and a 5-year collaboration with NASA on humanoid robotics. The GM-NASA co-developed ‘robonaut 2’ is currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station. This technology was used as the basis for the first collaborative robot implementation at GM. From 2012-2015, Dana and her team at the GM Vehicle Systems Global Center completed more than 300 evaluations, pilots and implementations of new technologies which affect all of GM’s vehicle assembly plants automation, conveyors, paint & sealer processes, and general assembly areas. Dana spent a decade representing General Motors on the board of the Robotic Industries Association.

Currently, Dana leads a close-knit team as Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer for Advanced Vehicle Development. They are responsible for assessing and driving target setting for future programs & project related manufacturing deliverables, while keeping the ultimate goals of the company and customer in mind. Dana is also the co-chairperson for General Motors WOMEN (GM Women Offering ,Mentoring, Expertise and Networking) for the Manufacturing Engineering and Manufacturing Support Steering Committee. In this role, Dana helps drive the GM Women’s mission to engage and develop great women, which in turn helps to drive GM’s business results and culture to win. Last year, she participated in the inaugural “Shattering the Glass Ceiling” event at her all-girl high school alma mater in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dana and her team do multiple outreach events every year. Volunteering at Gleaner’s Community Food Bank in Detroit or planting trees in reclaimed areas through the Greening of Detroit organization are favorite events, and they’re always looking for more opportunities. In the wake of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, Dana immediately called her team into action to support the Red Cross efforts, and soon after, more than 50 volunteers from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan were packing water and food supplies. Dana encourages support in many community services including UNCF Walk for Education, Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure and the Lighthouse PATH, a women and children’s shelter. 

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