Tomek & GM Racing

Aug 5, 2003

Concentrating on Liberal Arts studies throughout high school and for a few years in college, Ondrej Tomek '97 "finally realized that engineers made cars."

Concentrating on Liberal Arts studies throughout high school and for a few years in college, Ondrej Tomek '97 "finally realized that engineers made cars." Tomek spoke to a crowded lecture hall Wednesday, July 30, telling Kettering students how he started out in Liberal Arts and wound up working for General Motor's Racing Division.

"I had always been interested in cars," he said, "and I wanted to design them. Then I had to back up and take all the math and science course I hadn't had in high school," said Tomek. After two years of college work he found out about Kettering/GMI. "It met my expectations on what I wanted to do, and I felt the co-op program was the best way to go," he said.

While at Kettering, Tomek participated in the Formula Racing Team. "My interest is in engines and making them more efficient," he said. An interest that translates well into his current job as a designer for theGM Racing Oval Track Group for NASCAR.

Tomek spoke to students at the invitation of the Student Alumni Council.

Photo by Greg Cumberford

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu