A project and systems engineer with BAE System’s HybriDrive Systems department, Victoria Toujilina led the American Fuel Cell Bus project to successful completion.
The goal of the American Fuel Cell Bus project was to develop a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell bus that meets the Federal Transit Administration’s “Buy America” requirements. BAE Systems gathered a cross-functional engineering and operations team and placed Toujilina in the lead as project engineer.
Throughout the proposal, design, development, integration and implementation phases, she worked closely with BAE’s partners to ensure a smooth execution of the project and today the HybriDrive hybrid fuel cell bus is on the streets of Palm Springs, Calif.
Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Toujilina immigrated to the United States in 2000. During her senior year at Binghamton University, Toujilina performed a co-op with BAE Systems. She was then asked to be part of BAE’s Engineering Leadership Development Program and she successfully graduated from the program in 2007.
Toujilina serves the engineering profession as a member of the Project Management Institute and IEEE Women in Engineering. She also volunteers in local community projects and sponsors children in Indonesia though Plan USA. In addition, she is a certified corporate wellness presenter, as well as a founder and owner of iEatForHealth, a holistic health consulting business.
“What I enjoy most about working on hybrid bus projects is being the part of the team that works on cutting-edge technology. Pushing the envelope and working on the systems that will define the future of public transportation is both exciting and honorable.”