FCA engineer Kristal Fears, the Global Manufacturing Product Responsible for the C-SUV, was given the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award by US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
The magazine issues this award to someone in engineering or another STEM field who shows “high merit, broad impact on people and value to society as a whole.” Winners are provided with professional development and networking opportunities to help further their careers.
Fears is the latest of many FCA employees who have been honored with the BEYA over the years. She was honored at the 30th Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference and Career Fair, which was held in Philadelphia from February 18th to the 20th.
Brian Harlow, Vice President of Manufacturing at FCA, said Miss Fears has a “dynamic leadership style” and has led such endeavors as implementing a Transmission Flash System that lowered costs, a system that is now being used in FCA plants around the world. Fears is also part of the FCA Women’s Forum and the African American Employee Network, where she helps these groups in their goals to enhance cultural understanding in the company.