Passionate about the revitalization of Detroit, creating opportunities for kids in STEM and leaving the world a better place, Joaquin Nuño-Whelan invests greatly in technology and the community. Joaquin began his career at GM as a test engineer at the Milford Proving Ground after co-oping while studying at UDM and participating in the Mexican American Partnership Program. Joaquin worked at GM for 20 years, the last 8 as a Chief Engineer where he led vehicle programs around the world from small vehicles in North America to SUVs in South Korea and emerging market vehicles from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Joaquin finished his career by leading the Next Generation Full Size SUVs at GM which are launching now. While on assignment in Mexico City, Joaquin helped start the country’s initial FIRST Robotics team which has now expanded into more than 70 teams nationwide. Now as board chair at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation and as the lead for the Robotics Engineering Center of Detroit, Joaquin has expanded these programs into a STEAM Pathway, utilizing robotics, mentoring and internships to propel students into college and careers. In collaboration with UDM, this program expanded to the iDRAW - Detroit Robotics Consortium which received a Michigan Marshall Plan for Talent Grant in 2018. In 2019, Joaquin left GM to start CONSCI Design & Consulting where he developed startups in Ann Arbor and Detroit and expand STEAM opportunities. At the end of 2019, inspired by the vision to transform cities, Joaquin joined May Mobility as the VP of Fleet Engineering. Living on a farm near Ann Arbor with his family, helping kids find their way into STEM careers and working with startups that are changing the world is Joaquin’s definition of what life is all about.
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