Chris Barman (Purdue-Alpha) was nominated by Paula Wlos (Purdue-Alpha), who wrote in her nomination: ”Chris has had an amazing career at Chrysler. She is a vehicle line executive who, over the years, has had the responsibility for the design, development and execution of cars such as the Dodge Dart, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. She has also been a featured speaker in Purdue ENGR 194: Women in Engineering seminar. This is a seminar class for freshman women where alumnae from different disciplines come in and speak about their careers, personal life, challenges, successes and their work/life balance. With her obvious commitment to excellence, she has not only done great things in her field and her personal life, but also spends time giving back to Purdue, Women in Engineering, and is on the Board of Directors for Chrysler's Women's Forum. Chris has been vocal about keeping a work-life balance. While it is challenging to move to high profile positions while trying to raise a family, she has two children. She has said that working parents need to have that balance to be happy, balanced and productive. She and her husband remain flexible so they can meet the commitments of their jobs and their children.”
In early 2015, Chris was promoted to Vice President Systems and Components Engineering in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Previous to that, she was the Vehicle Line Executive at Chrysler and prior to that served as Director: Chassis Controls, Safety and Energy Management and Director: Active Chassis Controls & Active/Passive Safety Systems. In 2008, she was recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Corporate Executives. Chris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Michigan with her husband, a manager at a Chrysler truck assembly plant, and their two children (a son and a daughter).
Thank you, Chris, for epitomizing what it means to be a Phi Rho!