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Margherita Zanini-Fisher



Creative Research and Advanced Engineering Professional with over 20 years of experience in the Automotive Industry. In-depth knowledge of regulatory On-Board Diagnostics (OBD), Telematic Fleet Monitoring, electronic devices for engine control and emission reduction in Diesel and Gasoline applications. Have a passion for assessing performance, manufacturability, and cost of emerging technologies. Recipient of 20 patents in the field of automotive sensors and diagnostics. Excellent analytical skills and diversified hands-on laboratory experience.  Proficient written and oral communication skills, works well either independently or in cross-functional teams.



FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dearborn, MI 1977 – 2007 - Senior Technical Specialist


Control Systems Department, Research and Advanced Engineering, Developed methods to meet government regulations for On-Board Diagnostics (OBD)

2001 – 2007

Particulate Filter OBD monitor to meet the ’07-‘08 production requirements. Received a Technical Excellence Award for demonstrating the robustness to false alarms of the Diesel based on Image Charge Sensing.  Awarded 1 patent and 1 pending for devising a method that monitors increased particulate emissions

Developed and patented the OBD Cold Start Monitor used in ’05 and later. Government cooperative research on clean combustion and emission reduction

Studied feasibility and market opportunities for Telematic Fleet Management

Company Lead Representative to the USCAR Low Emission Partnership that coordinates Industry

Led development of high accuracy methods that track real time vehicle utilization, fuel consumption, an user-friendly interface, widely used by engineers to estimate powertrain usage and oil consumption

Spearheaded the design and implementation of the Diesel Durability Fleet Data Mining Package with Senior Technical Specialist 

Physics Department, Research- 1995 – 2000

Developed silicon-micro-machined gas sensors for on-board exhaust measurements

Awarded 7 patents for the design and utilization of micro-calorimetric gas sensors.

Designed the device micro-fabrication process and built in-house prototypes. 

Senior Technical Specialist - 1993 – 1994

Powertrain Sensors Department, Electronic Division

Identified warranty reduction actions for Heated Exhaust Gas Oxygen (HEGO) sensors

Received Continuing Improvement Quality award for contributions in establishing engineering


Developed and implemented a fast and cost effective test that verified the HEGO exhaust seal

Principal Research Scientist Associate

Microsensors and Actuators Department, Research

Investigated Flex Fuel Sensor Technologies for Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Determined the root cause for the optical sensor failure at low temperature and demonstrated improved robustness and reduced manufacturing costs

Developed silicon-micro-machined sensors. Worked closely with supplier to introduce the dielectric sensor successfully into production.

Designed and fabricated advanced mass-air flow sensors for automotive intake manifolds in a $2M technology exchange with University of Michigan

Awarded significant Intellectual Property on silicon-based sensors which was later traded

Evaluated electrode materials for rechargeable batteries

Developed novel intercalation compounds for sodium-sulfur rechargeable batteries

Assessed lithium intercalation compounds for high energy and high power density batteries for


Doctorate, Physics (Laurea, Italian equivalent to PhD), University of Rome, Rome, Italy 1971


Fluent in Italian, both written and spoken



Extensive Corporate training in Six-Sigma (Green Belt certified)

Controls of Spark Ignited and Compression Ignited Internal Combustion Engines

Catalytic Reduction of Automotive Emissions and Emissions Testing


MATLAB & Simulink • INCA • AccessVisual Basic • AutoCAD • PowerPoint Minitab • MS Project • Word LabVIEW • Excel