Gibbons works in the Advanced Electrification Center in Dearborn, Mich. as manager of the team behind the design of the battery packs in Ford’s plug-in hybrid and full hybrid vehicle line that includes Fusion Hybrid.
He won a Sports Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science in 1994 for developing a system that allows those watching NASCAR races on TV to monitor what is happening within each vehicle.
“I don’t really experience an ‘a-ha’ moment until I get feedback from customers who are not only using the product, but experiencing great success and happily using it,” said Gibbons.
The Emmy Gibbons won is just one highlight of a lengthy career at Ford that has had him involved in various projects – from working as a buyer and landing a major supplier to managing powertrain development teams for the company’s all-important C-platform.
Gibbons was born in New York City and grew up in Ft. Mead, Md. and Flint, Mich. He and his family lived in Brazil for almost five years where he worked for Ford and managed a team in charge of delivering drivetrain systems for the region.
He said the common thread in all of his work at Ford has been being challenged to solve a problem, which is why he said it’s hard for him to pick a specific project as his favorite.
“Like most engineers, I think, I love being given a problem and having to solve it – no matter what the problem is or what the solution may be,” said Gibbons. “Because of that I would have to say my favorite project is always the next one.”
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