Jackie Danner*

Michelin North America, Inc

Tire Performance Engineer

I love understanding how things work and trying to improve the design to make them work better. This fuels my passion to research and design innovative ways to improve the performance and manufacturing of tires so that consumers feel safer, more comfortable and connected to their vehicles.”

In six years with Michelin’s tire performance R&D group, Jackie has distinguished herself as a top engineer. One of her proudest accomplishments is having designed and implemented a new tool to analyze tire tread patterns and reduce variation in acoustic content. This tool is now used worldwide within Michelin. With subsequent projects, Jackie continues to pursue the goal of designing better tires more efficiently and reducing manufacturing costs.

In recognition of her technical skills and leadership ability, Jackie was chosen as the sole Michelin ambassador for the 2018 United States Tire Manufacturer’s Association (USTMA) Ambassador Program, which met with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. While there, Jackie promoted the USTMA’s and Michelin’s positions on steel tariffs, discussing the enormous impact these tariffs could have on vehicle safety.

As the daughter of two engineers, Jackie knows the importance of developing the talents of the next generation. To this end, she has volunteered with Michelin’s Challenge Education program, which partners with local schools in North America to promote STEAM activities, mentorship, and tutoring for children.

Jackie lives an active lifestyle and is passionate about encouraging women of all ages to do the same. She is a member of the Greenville Hospital System’s Every Woman Cycling team, which promotes cycling and fitness for youths and adults. She also works with the UCAN Adaptive Cycling Program, which funds hand cycles for people with physical disabilities. In 2017, Jackie raised $1,750 for “A Ride to Remember,” benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association while completing a three-day 252-mile bike ride. Although Jackie suffered a crash in the middle of the second day, she persevered and remembering how her grandmother had suffered from Alzheimer’s she was determined to help others battling the disease.