Gegesky embraces environmentalism in engineering with Ford’s F150 Lightning

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Megan Gegesky, BSME ’14, knew she had to challenge herself to continue the family tradition of working at Ford Motor Company.

She had to earn her place in the company, however, developing her skills as an engineer and leader to achieve her own goals, primarily focused on creating a greener world.

Gegesky is originally from Grosse Ile, Michigan. Where she grew up was largely due to her family history working for one of Michigan’s largest employers, the Ford Motor Company (Ford). In fact, after Gegesky’s great-great-grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1906, he started working for Ford. It was the start of a tradition of several generations of his family working at Ford.

“I’m a fifth-generation Ford employee, which is not unique to the company. This is because there is variety in the types of jobs; we work in the software space, hardware space, finance, and skilled labor,” Gegesky said.

Megan Gegesky is shown with her parents.
Megan Gegesky poses with her parents, who are both retired Ford employees, in front of the F150 Lightning. Photo courtesy of Ford.

While Gegesky’s future was destined for Ford, she had the opportunity to choose her own adventure along the way. She knew she wanted to pursue an engineering degree, so she had to find the right university for her. Ohio University appealed to her because it felt like home and liked the OHIO vibe — plus, Gegesky was a college swimmer, so she wanted to swim for a good Division I program.

As Gegesky progressed in her studies, she began to build a network of support through her friends and professors, as well as taking on challenges, particularly related to her passion for environmentalism.

“As an engineer graduating from Russ College, the professors in this program helped me develop my view of the world. They taught me that we can do cool things with renewable materials and not damage the world so much,” Gegesky said.

For his senior design course, a capstone course for mechanical engineering students, Gegesky helped develop concrete blocks for infrastructure and development after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. that his team had to use sustainable materials to develop the project.

“Haiti doesn’t have a lot of raw materials, so we were using materials that could have been found in a scrap yard. We had to reverse engineer the blocks using the limited resources they would have on the island,” Gegesky said.

Today, Gegesky is a program management supervisor on the product development line at Ford. His day-to-day is focused on the launch and development of the F150 Lightning, which is the all-electric version of Ford’s flagship pickup. As the market for electric vehicles grows and environmental awareness becomes a priority for consumers, Gegesky has found the perfect intersection between his passion for the environment and engineering.

Megan Gegesky is shown with Bill Ford
Megan Gegesky poses with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, and the F150 Lightning. Photo courtesy of Ford.

“One of the main reasons I came to Ford is because they care about sustainability, use recycled materials and create merchandise where not everything is new. They practice zero waste to landfill and work to zero emissions on the new vehicles they produce,” Gegesky said.

Environmental sustainability has been a value Gegesky has prioritized throughout his time at OHIO and in his career thus far. From the boots she wears, made from 100% recycled materials, to her personal vehicle, the F150 Lightning, Gegesky strives to create a greener world, both personally and professionally.

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