Norma Medina
Advanced Quality Manager
Cooper Standard
"I’m passionate about manufacturing because as an Engineer it is amazing to see how most of the disciplines - mechanical, electrical, chemical, physical, finances - converge to design and produce quality parts. Our industry is a never stop learning, never stop innovating environment.”

Prior to her role as Senior Advanced Quality Manager, Norma served as Engineering Continuous Improvement Manager where she demonstrated expertise across several company divisions. She created and optimized a Value Analysis/Value Engineering process that was implemented globally, resulting in significant savings for the company. Collaborating with engineering, purchasing, finance, sales and operations departments on this process, she created synergies and brought great minds together to produce amazing results. She has also served as a liaison among various groups within Cooper Standard, created action plans for improvement, and developed overall department product strategy.

Norma’s strong ties to engineering make her a passionate advocate of multiple STEM-related initiatives. As former Co-Chair of the Cooper Standard’s STEM Affinity Group, Norma championed several activities to engage Detroit’s inner-city youth and promote STEM careers. She is an active participant in Cooper Standard’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program, and created a seven-week educational manufacturing program for middle school students. Her commitment to promoting STEM careers is also evident through her mentorship of young engineers, where she encourages personal growth through participation in STEM and WISE (Women, Inspire, Support, Enrich) Affinity Group activities.

Her passion for giving back to the community can be seen both inside and outside of her role with Cooper Standard. In addition to supporting the company’s annual American Heart Association Heart Walk, Norma has engaged in fundraising efforts to support Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit, a social and emotional support program for men, women, teens and children living with cancer. She also participated in her son’s school water drive to support water crisis efforts in Flint, Michigan, and worked with the Cooper Standard Foundation to match the school’s donation. 

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