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The electric Pivot The world’s ability to imagine a zero-emission future has blossomed over the last decade, with Tesla’s all-electric vehicles responsible for much of that shift in public perspective. With advanced battery technology and electric powertrains, the company’s vehicles have come to stand for the view that cars can be quick, fun and stylish, as well as clean. Tesla’s increasing focus on developing energy generation and storage products at its Gigafactory 1 underlines its stated mission to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” That philosophy is attracting skilled McMaster engineers to California, to contribute their innovation and ingenuity to pivoting the world to electric. We asked a few of them to share their thoughts on working for Tesla.

develop this improved process. That signified to me that, regardless of your position at Tesla, solving the problem is of the utmost importance.

with other disciplines and improve my interpersonal skills. I was able to meet intelligent and driven individuals who provided different perspectives.

What should students who want to follow in your footsteps be doing today?

Eunice Lee

Participate in extra-curricular activities at McMaster in STEM or

Project Engineer, Equipment Engineering team 1 year at Tesla

(BEng ’16, Chemical and Bioengineering)

Why did you want to work at Tesla?

Mohanad Elshafie (BEng ’06, Electrical, MEng ’08, Mechanical) Senior Manufacturing Engineer 1 year at Tesla

Mohanad Elshafie

What do you like most about your job? Working with a smart, competent, driven group of people with a common goal. I remember during my first weeks after joining Tesla, we needed to develop an improved process on the production shop floor. And I was working directly in tandem with the senior director of the company to



outside of STEM. One of the most rewarding experiences I had was working on the McMaster Solar Car project. This allowed me to learn practical engineering skills from building the car to the flow of energy inside vehicle. Also, being part of the Maroons has allowed me to interact

I wanted to be a part of a team that’s changing the automotive industry by bringing EVs (electric vehicles) to the forefront. When you look at what Tesla has accomplished in the last 10 years, it’s impressive and rewarding to see that most of the big automakers are now developing their own all electric vehicles for the consumer.

How would you describe the atmosphere at Tesla? It’s been a rollercoaster ride! Tesla can be challenging at times and since it’s very fast paced, you have to be able to adapt to change but at the end of the day, it is very rewarding to see how far we’ve come when we take a step back. I was lucky enough to come near the

Profile for McMaster Engineering Alumni

MacEngineer Spring 2019  

The MacEngineer - The magazine for McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering Alumni

MacEngineer Spring 2019  

The MacEngineer - The magazine for McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering Alumni