Amy K. Poirier Honored with the Society of Women Engineers' 2004 Distinguished New Engineer Award.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) today announced Amy K. Poirier, performance engineer in splash/water ingestion for General Motors, recipient of the 2004 SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award for her dedication and leadership in the Society of Women Engineers, continued support of SWE student members, and contributions to the automotive industry.
During her 10-year career at GM, Poirier has held various assignments as a Senior Project Engineer in design, product assurance, quality, reliability, and vehicle validation. In August of 2004 she began her current assignment in the Vehicle Performance - Splash/Water Ingestion Group. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and validation of water, mud, snow, and gravel vehicle performance requirements on the 2005 -2008 Pontiac G6, Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and Chevrolet Malibu Maxx.
"Whether in SWE or as a professional engineer at GM, Amy demonstrates leadership on a daily basis," says Vi Brown, president of the Society of Women Engineers. "Her commitment and dedication to the engineering profession is commendable."
Ms. Poirier has been a dedicated SWE member and leader at the student, section, region and national levels. Her membership in SWE began as freshmen in college in 1989, and she has since held numerous leadership positions within SWE including president of the Michigan Technological University (MTU) student section, Region H student representative, Student Activities Committee (SAC) Region H Coordinator, Chair of SAC, Detroit Section Representative and Treasurer, and the 2002 SWE National Conference Student Awards and Activities Co-chair. Currently, she is a member of the Detroit Section Advisory Board, the SWE National Work-Life Balance Committee, the SWE Student Transition Team Task Force and the Michigan Tech University Relations Team. Poirier is the SWE representative to the General Motors Affinity Group for Women Leadership Team, the GM representative to the SWE Corporate Partnership Council, and also acts as the GM/SWE Key Organization Leader.
"Amy has been a constant presence for SWE and GM," says Patricia K. Poppe, staff member at GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant as well as key executive for SWE. "She has been our "key organization liaison for the past two years. This role requires that Amy coordinate all SWE activities within GM. She has done an excellent job involving more and more GM women each year."
Poirier is extremely involved with her church as a member of the early childhood ministry team, the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) leadership team, a leader of the preschool choir, an adult music team leader, nursery volunteer, and service projects volunteer.
Poirier earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1994 and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998. She takes professional development classes annually through General Motors University.
The Distinguished New Engineer Award will be formally presented Friday night, October 15 at the Society of Women Engineers' National Conference Awards Banquet in Milwaukee, Wis. The National Conference, "Engineers Leading Change," is being held at Milwaukee's Midwest Airlines Center on October 14-16. The more than 3,000 attendees include professionals from every discipline of the engineering profession and a large number of engineering students and educators. The 2005 Conference is scheduled for November 3-5, in Anaheim, Calif.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. For more information about the Society please visit www.swe.org or call (312) 596-5223.