Kathleen Taylor, 58
Director, Materials and Processes Laboratory, GM Research and Development and Planning, General Motors
Education: B.A., chemistry, Douglass College, Rutgers University; Ph.D., physical chemistry, Northwestern University; Tuck Executive Program, Dartmouth College
First automotive job: With GM research laboratories
Proudest achievement: "Contribution to activities leading to the introduction and continued development of the catalytic converter and related technologies that have reduced vehicle exhaust emissions by more than 95 percent. My 1995 election to the National Academy of Engineering was also a major highlight."
On being successful: "Keep learning, work a lot, make professional activities your hobby."
On being a woman in the industry: "A woman definitely stands out in the automotive industry, but I have never felt that it hindered my career. You have to work hard to gain recognition; in the end the respect is worth the effort."
Other positions at General Motors include:
- 1996-98 Department Head, Physics and Physical Chemistry
- 1985-96 Department Head, Physical Chemistry
- 1983-85 Department Head, Environmental Science
- 1975-83 Assistant Department Head, Physical Chemistry
- 1974-75 Senior Research Chemist