Previous Interviews

Isuzu Technical Center of America

Phillip Ray

Project Manager,
Commercial Vehicle Project Planning & Engineering

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I am a program manager for (1) port installed options (accessories) and (2) our collaborative relationship with General Motors. For accessories, I coordinate with distributors, engineering, suppliers, and manufacturing. And I work closely with GM on our LCF (Low Cab Forward) medium-duty truck collaboration, managing the dynamic aspects of the relationship.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Accessories, for example, keep us relevant to the customer. We can meet very specific customer needs with the flexibility to do things we cannot do lineside. This keeps us responsive to the customer as we can more quickly bring ideas to the market. This is good for the bottom line of our business customers and for that of Isuzu.

3) What do you love about your job?
The relatively horizontal organization provides a dynamic environment with opportunity for a wide variety of experiences. I get to work together with people from all functions inside the organization, and I regularly interact with people outside, and that keeps it exciting. No day is the same.

Sergio Lopez

Supervisor
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
As a powertrain engineering supervisor, I provide guidance to engineers running tests in our engine dynamometer lab for the purpose of calibrating our engines for emissions performance. I am also involved in special calibration projects with vendors.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Our products must comply with regulatory agency standards, so when I think of the positive impact my job makes, I first think about the environment. This is an important issue to me, and one I take seriously in my personal and professional life.

3) What do you love about your job?
I enjoy engine test and calibration, and I like doing it here at Isuzu, which has opened up a world of culture and diversity. I enjoy building relationships, and there are many good people to work with here. And it’s great knowing that my efforts help to protect the environment and satisfy our customers.

Isuzu Technical Center of America
Isuzu Technical Center of America

Steven Yarosz

Supervisor
Vehicle Compliance

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
Being part of the Vehicle Compliance team means that I help make sure our vehicles and engines meet all government regulations. Not only do we have to work with engineering to make sure they understand the regulations, but we also need to work with the agencies on new and upcoming regulations to ensure that we capture all potential impact on our product lines.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Some of my responsibilities include emissions testing and safety testing of production vehicles. This allows Isuzu to be certain that our vehicles are meeting the standards for emissions and safety equipment in the real world, which ensures that our customers are safe and that we are doing our part to help protect the environment.

3) What do you love about your job?
I love many aspects of my job, but specifically, I love the interaction with customers. It is very satisfying to hear directly from customers using our trucks/engines how much they like them.

Bantwal Prashant Baliga

Model-Based Development, Engineer I
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I am responsible for On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) for diesel engines and work with model-based development and calibration engineers to develop and improve modeling capabilities, methodologies, and process/control strategies. Primary tasks include performance simulation, control strategy evaluation, optimization, model development for OBD, and OBD calibration release for robust and reliable detection.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Engines are made up of a multitude of components, which must be effectively and efficiently controlled to ensure good fuel economy, drivability, and reduced pollutants. The performance of these components needs to be monitored throughout the useful life of the truck to ensure safety and emissions compliance.

3) What do you love about your job?
I love the freedom that I have to try out new ideas and processes to perform the tasks I am responsible for. I enjoy staying on top of current and future technologies and methodologies, i.e. by reading papers and journals, to promote model-based development at ITCA. The work environment is friendly and I learn much from all the brilliant minds here.

B. Prashant S
Interview_Chuck

Chuck Pfister

Director
Commercial Vehicle Project Planning & Engineering

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I provide leadership to the Commercial Vehicle Engineering team for the implementation of product plans for the North American market. I actively support our engineers with vehicle component and design decisions, and promote continued engineering collaboration with all of Isuzu’s departments, companies, and business partners globally.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
By reinforcing the need to embrace transportation technology. This includes both the engineering tools to develop our products and then the finished commercial vehicle, which provides our customers with safe, reliable, and durable transport choices.

3) What do you love about your job?
Working with our talented engineering teams. The vehicle development path from concept to math and then to road is a challenge. Many people with various talents and training are needed. Experiencing the human aspects and team approach to achieving our collective design goals is enjoyable. Engineers are people too.

John Balger

Test Technician II
Powertrain and Vehicle Research & Development

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I run the day-to-day operations and maintenance activities for the chassis dyno lab and clean room at ITCA in Plymouth. I also provide support to other groups throughout the company as well as support out in the field when needed.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Our group plays an integral role in developing and certifying our medium-duty product line to provide quality products for our consumers. Happy customers mean continued employment here at ITCA.

What do you love about your job?
Versatility. We are not limited to one specific job function or role. We have the freedom to work in many different areas on a variety of different projects, resulting in continued skillset growth over the course of our careers here at Isuzu.

Interview_John
Interview_Lauren

Lauren Westbrook

Engineer I
Commercial Vehicle Product Planning & Engineering

1) Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I am part of the chassis engineering team, and am responsible for several different vehicle components. I work with many other Isuzu departments to study the vehicles we are developing.

2) How do you see your job making a positive impact in the lives of others?
Almost anything you buy in stores, at markets, or online is transported by people using commercial vehicles. By making improvements to the vehicles that move all these goods, we promote more efficient commerce.

3) What do you love about your job?
I love that I get to work on a variety of different vehicle components, and I enjoy spending time studying the actual parts after they are manufactured.

Back »