Chief Engineer, All-Electric F-150 Lightning
Ford Motor Company
If you find yourself driving an impressive pickup and suddenly believing in electric vehicles, thank Linda Zhang. She is the 44-year-old engineer who led the team responsible for the first all-electric F-150, which is not only powerful and fast but can power your home in an emergency. Zhang joined Ford almost 25 years ago, straight from collecting an electrical engineering degree from the University of Michigan. Her astonishing success electrifying Ford’s flagship truck into visceral proof that electric vehicles work hard put her on the cover of Time magazine this year.