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As the Project Chief (PC) and Project Responsible (PR) for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mexico, Ricardo Lozada Bastida’s work has already saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. He’s engineered massive savings through technical cost reductions while working on catalytic converter systems, exhaust systems, and transmissions for the RAM Truck line built by Fiat Chrysler in Mexico.
With a mission to guarantee the development of the whole automotive product from a technical point of view, Mr. Lozada must ensure product compliance with technical requirements. His responsibilities have recently been expanded to include all chassis related systems and components for the company’s Commercial Van project.
Mr. Lozada’s innovations and technical aptitude have set his career on an impressive trajectory. He’s demonstrated tremendous leadership as part of the Product Engineering Team during his 12-year career at Fiat Chrysler. He’s moved up from a Powertrain, Air Induction, and Exhaust Engineer to an engineering department Supervisor and Project Leader. Along the way, he obtained a Six Sigma green belt certification for design, allowing him to design parts and products for the company.
He started his professional career as an assistant professor, teaching several CAD drawing and other mechanical engineering topics at Universidad Iberoamericana de México, where he received his B.S. in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. Mr. Lozada soon decided to expand his knowledge by earning an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He received UNAM’s Alfonso Caso Medal, the highest honor offered to the university’s graduate-level researchers for his design and research work while studying there, work that ultimately resulted in the grant of a Mexican patent.
Born in Mexico City to a Mechanical & Electrical Engineer father and a mother with a degree in business administration, Mr. Lozada continues to live in the Mexican capital with his wife. In his spare time, he participates in the annual Mexican Electrathon Championship, something he’s enjoyed every year since 2000 and has finished in first place in the electric kart design and racing contest three different times.