27 Jun “Millennial Inventor and Design Release Engineer that is helping turn car lovers dreams into reality”
“Patented Inventor, Design Release Engineer for General Motors, Purdue Grad and Nupe”
-Who is Brandon Washington?
I’m just a kid with dreams! I’ve been in love with cars since age two. I’m also a second-generation engineer. My father didn’t push me into engineering, but he inspired me and I’m appreciative to have had him around with so many others not having their fathers. Again, I have always been a car guy; I stuck to my passion. Sticking to that passion helped me get through school, my setbacks, and life. I’m also a people person, and I love to give back.
-Tell us about your role as a Design Release Engineer.
To sum it up, “we make dreams into reality.” When kids go to the movies or to car shows and see their dream cars, we are the ones who make those dreams a reality. People can draw and make great designs, but we actually make the car come together. We’re the reason the lights come on, the reason why when you open the door, it doesn’t fall off of the hinges. Publically, we get more spotlight for what we do wrong versus what we do right. No one realizes how hard it is to mold carbon fiber, or that it typically takes an average of five years to develop a car. The exterior can be done and seen, but there are thousands of tests that have to be run. No one sees how much work really goes into making sure the wheels don’t fall off and that the car starts every time. Other than getting paid for what I love to do, it’s personally gratifying to see products I worked on the road, and to see customers happy.
-How did you come up with your GPS patent?
As an engineer, you are a problem solver. Every day we look to solve problems, and as a design release engineer, you have to think of what’s next and what the customer may want before they want it. Being able to work with older more experienced engineers who have incredible knowledge in the field helped me develop my way of thinking. I came up with an idea with the customer in mind and connected with my co-workers, who started adding and guiding the process. Eventually, we took it to corporate. Corporate liked the project and then backed it financially (paying for lawyers, paperwork, etc). We pushed the idea in 2012, and in 2014, we were awarded with an official patent.
-Any advice for young Black males?
No matter your environment or setbacks you experience, whatever you can think of, whatever your passion is, go for it. Put your energy into something positive and make it happen. I didn’t get into the engineering field that I wanted at first (mechanical); I was denied after a change of standards. I ended up defaulting to aerospace engineering, which is more popular within the aircraft industry. With perseverance, continuous commitment, and four years of interning during college, I now work for a Fortune 500 automobile company and I have a patent! People telling you “no” shouldn’t stop you from achieving your dreams.
-How can readers keep up with you?
On IG @b_konsistent21
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