Meet Jimena Stewart, Senior Simulation Engineer on GM Canada’s Active Safety Test and Simulation HIL team.
1) How long have you been at GM and what is your current role?
I have been at GM for about 9 months. My current role is Senior Simulation Engineer for the Active Safety Test and Simulation HIL team.
2) What brought you to GM?
I have a background in modelling and simulation in the automotive industry and wanted to pursue that career path working for a great automotive company. I am excited about the technology and innovation that is revolutionizing the industry and motivated to work on an engineering team that contributes to improving safety of future vehicles.
3) What is the best part about your job?
The best part about my current role is getting to work with cutting edge technology and being part of a company with a great vision. I am also very proud to be part of a company with a positive culture where employee contributions and ideas are celebrated.
4) How has GM helped you grow?
Through the various projects and activities that I have been privileged to participate in at GM, I have improved my interpersonal abilities and communication skills. I had the opportunity to participate in the Global Safety Week committee as an organizer for the Scavenger Hunt and learned a lot about planning and execution of employee engagement events. I would encourage everyone to volunteer to participate in these types of activities because they are enriching and a great chance to network with colleagues.
5) What is the coolest thing that you’ve accomplished since being at GM?
Over the last 9 months at GM, I have really enjoyed all the projects and activities that I have been involved in. If I had to pick the coolest project, I would say that implementing the over-the-air (OTA) capability in our existing HIL bench was a very rewarding and valuable learning experience, as it allowed me to collaborate with teams across various sites and play with cool lab equipment.
6) What’s one thing you do every day to keep yourself safe at work?
When I was part of the Canadian Technical Center Global Safety Week committee, I learned that workplace safety is not only about your physical health but also your mental wellbeing. One thing I do every day to tackle both aspects is to take breaks every 2 hours to practice a short sequence of movements, which in traditional martial arts is called a form. This helps me not only with stretching and circulation after prolonged periods of sitting but also with improving memory and concentration. It also forces me to drink plenty of water during the day.
7) What’s your favourite GM vehicle?
My favourite GM vehicle is the new Hummer EV. I think this vehicle encapsulates GM’s Triple Zero vision. I love that my team simulates and tests some of its features such as Super Cruise, that contribute to this amazing vehicle being safe, innovative, and very cool.
8) If you could drive to one place where would it be?
If it was possible to drive anywhere in a reasonable amount of time, I would drive to my home country of Peru and visit the Andes mountains (preferably in the new Hummer EV). I would also visit all seven wonders of the world including revisiting Machu Picchu.
9) What do you do on your free time?
I like to spend my free time with my husband, practicing martial arts, playing board games, watching movies, and building fun electronic projects. I also have cats, and I always enjoy when they choose to spend their free time with me 😊.
10) What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I have lived and worked in three different countries and that I have practiced traditional martial arts since I was 15 years old.
11) If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would cook more, learn how to play the bass guitar and practice playing the drums (hopefully no one else around me would need sleep either).
12) What movie title best describes your life and why?
Divergent, because I am multifaceted and have never been able to fit into just one role. Also, in my life I have always dared to move away from what is traditional or expected of me.