Luisa Chinchilla
Lead Forging Design Engineer

"The best part of working in manufacturing is the exposure to every step required to create a consumer good. It allows me to engineer products that not only meet the needs of my customers, but will also simplify the process downstream."

Luisa has demonstrated both leadership and technical skills across the board to drive results in the company.  She is effective in leading a team of engineers under tight timelines to determine solutions and re-design processes that accomplish business objectives.  She serves as the Department Lead for her team where her responsibilities go beyond her designer expectations, and she also oversees her team’s workload and budget. She has served as the department lead for Alcoa Cleveland’s interns, mechanical engineering students from local colleges and universities. Luisa teaches them everything from software skills to business strategy to ensure the interns receive a well-rounded education that better informs their designs from the start. 
In 2015, Luisa was one of 25 global employees selected for the Arconic Earthwatch Fellowship program. Through Arconic’s partnership with the Earthwatch Institute, Arconic volunteers work alongside Earthwatch scientists on critical environmental research projects around the world, helping to unlock solutions to some of the biggest sustainability challenges of our time. She traveled to St. Bees Island in Queensland, Australia where she contributed in research on how the climate is changing on the island. 
When she returned to Ohio, she organized a three-day lesson with Olmsted Falls Middle School’s sixth grade class to educate and inspire them. They talked about sustainability, and she led the kids through a brainstorm on reducing their environmental footprint, teaching them about items that consume energy in their everyday lives. At the end of the three days, the students made personal pledges on how they can be better stewards of the environment. 

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