Liliana Salinas, a Senior Systems Engineer at Motional, working from her home office.
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Liliana Salinas, a Senior Systems Engineer, talks about what she loves about working on autonomous vehicle technology, her passion for CrossFit, and her dog, a Shiba Inu named Kira. She also shares what Women's History Month means to her.
What do you do at Motional?
I am leading the Process and Tools team inside the Systems Engineering Organization. Our goals are to streamline our requirements management process, foster standardization and consistency, and generate Systems Engineering workflow and procedures.
What inspired you to get into the AV/Tech Industry?
As engineers, we often look for ways to apply technology into building a better future. Our mission here at Motional is to transform mobility and make it safer and more accessible for everyone. That's what drew me to Motional. I enjoy being a part of this mission and seeing how it matures over time.
What motivates you day-to-day?
Getting to experience new things daily and continuing to grow and learn.
Outside of work, what are some of your favorite hobbies and passions?
I enjoy going out for walks with my dog and doing CrossFit. I also like to travel with my family or friends, and in my free time I like to play video games.
What is the most recent book you’ve read that you would recommend?
I am currently reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People “ by Stephen R. Covey and I really recommend it.
Liliana visiting Honganji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
For me, it is a time to reflect and look back at the path that women have built throughout history, and think about what we need to do to keep preparing and inspiring future generations.
What has your experience been like as a female engineer?
Throughout my professional career being the only woman in the room is a feeling that I am familiar with. However, I have been lucky enough to be part of organizations like Motional where I always feel supported and heard.
What advice do you have for up and coming female engineers?
Always prioritize self-care and don’t be afraid to take risks or ask for help when needed.
How does participating in an ERG at Motional influence work culture?
As a woman in engineering and also a member of the Latin community, I am very proud to say that I am part of a company that is building technology for everyone by everyone.
As we scale into a global market, Motional makes sure to invest in us, our careers and development, so we continue to create a culture where everyone feels included, empowered and recognized.
If there was one thing you could tell your teenage self, what would it be?
I am very proud of you and always keep dreaming.
Liliana walks her dog, Kira, near her home.
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