Stefan Pototschnik has done some truly out-of-thisworld work – and not just by managing the team behind the Ford Focus Electric, America’s most fuel efficient five-seat car.
Pototschnik once interned at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in the spacecraft engineering department as a member of the team developing systems that control the temperature of electric components on satellites.
Besides the cool factor of working on products destined for space, Pototschnik – program management supervisor, Focus Electric – said he learned many lessons.
“It really reinforced the idea that every detail going into a system not only work, but also be robust and efficient,” said Pototschnik. “I apply that idea to everything I do and oversee today. Being off by even a few millimeters is not acceptable.”
His life and passion
- Pototschnik, 35, graduated with two degrees in mechanical engineering from the
University of Maryland and earned an MBA from the University of Michigan. Also, he
spent a semester at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
- His hobbies range from building radio-controlled airplanes to scuba diving and
reading to traveling to places like England, France, Germany and Singapore and as
many places as possible in between
- Pototschnik grew up in Mount Airy, Md., where he had five brothers and two sisters. He and
his wife Natalie have two children, 10-month-old twins
What he does for Ford
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- As program management supervisor, at any given moment Pototschnik could have his
hands on any part of the Focus Electric – from keeping the program within budget to making
sure important deadlines are met
- “I really enjoy being part of the Sustainable Mobility Technologies team because everyone is
heard. Each team member has the ability to step up and contribute in a meaningful way and
that’s something they might not be able to get anywhere else”
- Pototschnik joined Ford in 2001 and has worked on numerous other vehicles for the
company including the Escape Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid and the redesigned 2004 F-150