- BS Electrical Engineering 1991
Birgit L. Sorgenfrei is currently in Stuttgart, Germany, where she is program manager for Ford Motor Company’s start-stop technology, which boosts fuel economies by stopping engine systems when a vehicle is at a standstill. She began with Ford in 1994, after internships with General Motors, GE-Medical Systems, IBM, Schlumberger, and the University of Hanover. At Ford she started in the Scientific Research Laboratories and then moved to Visteon Automotive Systems, then on to the Lincoln Mercury Business Office. Her research for the automaker has been in the areas of sensors for electrical power assist steering systems, component and system radio design, and vehicle planning.
During her undergraduate experience at Michigan Tech, Birgit participated in the Symphonic and Concert bands, the choir, and varsity tennis. As an alumna, Birgit is a member of the McNair Society and was recognized in 1996 as a charter member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae. She was an on-campus speaker in 2011 for Women in Automotive Engineering. In addition to her BS in Electrical Engineering, Birgit earned her MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1993 and her MBA with high distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2001. She has been active in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), serving as president in 1998 of SWE-Detroit, and was named SWE’s Distinguished New Engineer in 2000.
Excerpted from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy induction ceremony program August 2012