Employee Spotlight – Matthew Adams

2020-11-13


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Meet Matthew Adams, Diagnostic Systems Engineer on our Automated Driving & Active Safety team at General Motors Canada.

1) How long have you been at GM and what is your current role?

I have been at GM for 4.5 years. My current role is diagnostic system engineering in the Automated Driving & Active Safety department.

2) What brought you to GM?

I was brought to GM by the opportunity to play an integral role in the future of automotive technology and by the vision GM has for the future of mobility. The automotive industry is evolving rapidly and now is an exciting time to be involved.

3) What is the best part about your job?

The best part of my job is the variety of people and roles within GM that I get to interact with, and the exposure that provides me to our product development cycle. It allows me to see the products and technology I work on go from early development through to the delivery to our customers.

4) How has GM helped you grow?

GM has provided me with several development opportunities that have helped me grow both professionally and personally. For one of the assignments I spent several months working at our Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan. This opportunity gave me a great introduction to the work we do in our large US engineering centers and offered me with a lot of networking and unique experiences.

5) What is the coolest thing that you’ve accomplished since being at GM?

The coolest thing I’ve accomplished since being at GM has been helping launch our Super Cruise automated driving system in late 2017. We had many departments across multiple GM locations working collaboratively to launch the system and it was great to be a part of. I also generated patents during that project for technology I developed for the Super Cruise system, which is always a plus.

6) What’s one thing you do every day to keep yourself safe at work?

Working from home during the pandemic has changed what I do to keep myself safe at work. One way I keep myself safe while working from home is ensuring I am well hydrated, well rested, and take my required breaks. This allows me to stay sharp and cognizant of what I am doing while working from home which helps me stay safe.

7) What’s your favourite GM vehicle?

My favourite current vehicle would be the new Escalade. I am probably biased because I worked on technology that we first introduced in that vehicle, but the vehicle provides a host of new tech, utility, and amazing road presence. For classic GM vehicle, I am a fan of the ’69 Camaro. The vehicle has a timeless muscle car look that I really appreciate.

8) If you could drive to one place where would it be?

I would drive to the Outer Banks in North Carolina (after the pandemic of course). I really enjoy going to the beach and the Outer Banks is a line of islands. I’ve heard the culture is also great down there and think overall it would be a nice vacation spot.

9) What do you do on your free time?

I focus my free time on exercising and finding ways to connect socially with my friends. With working from home, and generally staying home more during the pandemic, these are the things I forgot to do early on, so I am trying to focus on doing them more lately.

10) What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I am interested in archaeology and history. There is a lot we don’t understand about the history of the world or what people did 4,000 years ago. I think there is a lot to continue learning from the past as we move forward with carving out our own place in history.

11) If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

This question reminds me of the choose two triangle question between social life, sleep, and career/good grades. If I didn’t have to sleep, I would look to move some work obligations that I can do individually to the evening while everyone else is sleeping. This would allow me to spend more time with family and friends while still maintaining my work/career effort level. I imagine when I have young kids this would come in handy.

12) What movie title best describes your life and why?

Double Trouble. I have a twin sister named Jillian, people to this day still ask why I wasn’t named Jack so we could be Jack & Jill. Growing up my mother had us do almost everything together. We played on the same soccer team until co-ed wasn’t an option and had the exact same teacher in school until we were finally split up in grade seven. When we were young my mom would even give us the same haircuts. Jill doesn’t like when I bring up photos of our matching hairdos. My experience in life would be very different had I not had a twin to grow up with.

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