ENGINEERING: Barb Samardzich
Vice president of powertrain engineering, Ford Motor Co.
Powertrain queen: Samardzich, 51, continues on a winning streak, with her second straight All-Star award. This year she is guiding key launches of powertrain products that will boost fuel economy and cut emissions. These include 10 new or re-engineered engines and six new transmissions. Among the new engines: the F-150 pickup's EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6, the Mustang's 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 and, for the Super Duty pickup, a 6.2-liter V-8 and a 6.7-liter diesel V-8.