The Manufacturing Institute will present 2019 STEP Ahead Awards on April 11 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

AKRON, Ohio, March 1, 2019 – Goodyear Engineer Associate Ali Ogburn has been named a 2019 STEP Ahead Honoree by The Manufacturing Institute (MI). The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards recognize women in manufacturing who have demonstrated leadership skills and excellence in their careers and communities.

“In receiving this award, Ali joins the ranks of the top women in manufacturing, and we are proud for her to represent Goodyear,” said Chief Technology Officer Chris Helsel. “This year marks the fourth consecutive year Goodyear associates have been honored with STEP Ahead Awards, a testament to our commitment to attracting and developing talent in STEM-related fields.”

As a mechanical engineer at Goodyear’s Proving Grounds in San Angelo, Texas, Ogburn manages a variety of capital and continuous improvement projects and serves as a test engineering liaison between the San Angelo facility and the Goodyear Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and in Luxembourg. In the seven years she’s worked at the company, Ogburn has been recognized for numerous Goodyear honors, including the 2018 Operational Excellence Award for her outstanding work in project management. She was also the first and only San Angelo Proving Grounds associate to achieve a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Within her community, Ogburn has been involved with The Junior League for the last eight years, where she served in four different leadership roles and recruited the largest new-member class in the history of the local chapter.

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to

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