Graduation Year: 1981
The Engineering Achievement Award recognizes a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of engineering.
Eugene (Gene) Stefanyshyn, Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development, leads the entire Research & Development Group at NASCAR, which is considered one of the most critical areas for the company for injecting science & technology across the entire business. Gene is highly respected at NASCAR and plays a key role in helping to keep NASCAR at the forefront in science and technology applications that advance the racing product and the fan experience.
Since joining NASCAR in April of 2013, Gene provided leadership on a steering committee that included NASCAR President Mike Helton, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell, Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps. The committee’s goal was to create a blueprint for transforming competitions in the areas of rules, governance, deterrence, penalties and officiating and inspection. The implementation of that blueprint is underway, with Gene providing oversight on a number of key areas.
Gene joined the NASCAR management team after more than 30 years with General Motors – many of which were spent as a member of its senior leadership team. Most recently, serving as the company’s Executive Director of Global Product Development Quality, Gene managed upwards of 250 employees across four global regions. Through his three-decade tenure at GM, Gene held increasingly senior roles spanning all facets of vehicle design and development, global project management, engineering strategy, finance, manufacturing and quality control. During his career he has lived in Detroit, Canada, Australia, Sweden and Germany, and has played key roles on projects for GM in several other global regions including China. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He and his wife, Angela, have two children, Ivanna and Mark.