Women Technicians, Workers Contribute to Development of China's High-speed Train

November 20, 2018
Editor: Liu Yanmei
Electric Train Designer Brings Her Knowledge, Experience to Beijing
Gao Nan, industrial design director of CRRS Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. [China Women's News]


Gao Nan, industrial design director of CRRS Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. in central China's Hunan province, went to Beijing earlier this month as a delegate to the 12th National Women's Congress (NWC) of China.

Gao's company is one of the country's leading electric locomotive research and development bases and a major enterprise in Hunan. 

The Industrial Design Center where Gao works predominately consists of a team of women, growing from three people in the beginning to 80 at present. They have taken the lead in designing glistening and stylish concepts for many types of trains and transit cars.

Their scope includes modeling the appearance of trains, interior decoration, cab design, locomotive surface treatment and ergonomics analysis. 

The average age of the team members is under 30. Most of them are graduates from top universities in the country. With solid professional knowledge and positive and enterprising spirit, the team is full of vitality, say officials.

Gao always imparts her design experience to young people. Therefore, she is affectionately called teacher by many.

Gao's team designed the Malaysian Intercity Electric Multiple Units (EMU), the Ankara Stainless Steel Metro and the Energy Storage Light Rail Vehicles, all of which won the Red Star Award for design in China, over three consecutive years.

Moreover, the center was awarded the title of national March 8th Red-banner Unit in 2016, and was successfully certified by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, thereby becoming the first National Industrial Design Center in the rail transit industry.

Gao began her work in 1991, as an ordinary worker. She then went to Hunan University of Technology and Tsinghua Academy of Fine Arts for further study successively. 

She returned to CRRS Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. in 1998 and became an industrial designer. Up till now, she has been working in this position for 20 years.

In Gao's eyes, designing the exterior of a train brings her a special pride. What she enjoys doing is to take her son with her and stand on the railway bridge, and when a train or an electric train speeds by, she would point at it and says loudly to her son, "Look, it was designed by your mum. It's great, isn't it?"

This year, Gao, on behalf of her company, won the Design Intelligence Award (DIA) Gold prize, China's major academic award for industrial design. She also took gold medal twice in the Chinese Equipment Innovation Design Competition.

Looking back on her growth over the years, Gao said, "I could hardly succeed without the cultivation from my company, the care extended by the women's federation and the help of my colleagues."

According to Gao, there are more than 2,400 female employees in the company. Under the leadership of Zhuzhou Women's Federation and the women workers' Committee of the company, they have endeavored to make achievements at their posts. 

They have successively won many national honors and prizes, and their contributions have been widely recognized by society.

"We have built a high-quality team of women workers including outstanding craftsmen, female students and psychological consultants," Gao said.

Speaking of how she felt about participating in the latest NWC, Gao said she represented the spiritual outlook and power of female workers in enterprises, "I am proud of the women who are living in the new era."

"The NWC was held under the background of advancing the new era and advancing the reform of women's federations, which has epoch-making significance," Gao said.

"I shall work on with all the female workers in our company to conscientiously study and implement the spirit of the meeting, make contributions to the new era, and strive to create a brighter future for the country.”

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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