How can curtain airbags – installed in the headliner above the front windshield – expand faster, without fail and cover a larger area? And how should the airbags be designed? These are just a few of the questions that Julie Schoenherr seeks to answer everyday in her role as product engineer at ZF Michigan. She works in the Occupant Safety Systems Business Unit, which designs and produces passive safety systems such as airbags and seat belts. She is responsible for designing curtain airbags for various automobile models from General Motors.
How she came to ZF:
Cars are her hobby, her passion. Throughout her 20-year career, Julie Schoenherr has never done anything else. While completing her degree in mechanical engineering at Oakland University, she worked part-time for Chrysler. After graduating, she switched over to the automotive supplier sector and ultimately found her way to ZF three years ago. A move that she has never regretted: “I originally chose ZF because it was near where I lived. Three years later, I can honestly say that I’m excited about the technologies that we develop and manufacture, not to mention the great people I work with.” She particularly appreciates the diversity of the products and how practical they are for every day use.