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Alumnus brings aerodynamics to auto fuel efficiency


AEM Alumni Nina Tortosa was recently featured in the Alumni Association's quarterly publication, Minnesota. Tortosa has been a key contributor in the development of General Motors' (GM) new fuel efficient vehicle the Chevrolet Volt, due to hit markets in 2010.

Tortosa graduated with her BAEM in 1998 and went on to complete her Masters of Science degree in 1999 under the advisement of Professor Emeritus, Gordon Beavers. She then went to work for General Motors (GM).

From the article:

An Electrifying Occupation
For Nina Tortosa, working a double shift is part of the fun of her job. When the 34-year-old aerodynamics engineer for General Motors in suburban Detroit works extra hours, she wears jeans and a dingy, gray University of Minnesota sweatshirt, circa 1993. That’s because Tortosa (B.A. '98, M.S. ’00) is laboring inside a wind tunnel, crawling under the bodies of clay model cars, taking measurements, and getting dirty. “It’s a blast in there. It’s kind of like playing, but at work,” she says.