Sarah E. Wilson

Patent Engineer


Sarah E. Wilson is a patent engineer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm's Detroit office, she is a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice.

Before joining Foley, Sarah was a global rotational development manufacturing intern for Schlumberger in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she created and implemented uniform part description codes across 6,000 product components, which eliminated excess inventory and overproduction. She applied Lean 6S principles to several manufacturing facility areas to improve organization, reduce travel time and distance and eliminate excess tooling. She also initiated a plant-wide pallet upgrade to improve product quality.

Sarah was a product development intern for Adient in Plymouth, Michigan. She redesigned next generation Cadillac ATS/CTS automotive interior seat ISOFIX bezel to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), which received the award for “Best Business Impact”. She also prepared Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) documentation incorporating Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for negotiation with customer (General Motors), procured 3D models, and brainstormed problem-solving strategies.


  • University of Michigan (B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, 2020)
    • Instructor’s aide for ENG 100 (Fall 2018)
      • Led a 2-hour lab section every week for 11 students and guided them through semester-long projects
    • Project: Team leader, Four-Bar Linkage Device (Fall 2018)
      • Led team meetings and organized semester-long project schedule
    • Project: C++ Connect Four Game (Winter 2017)
      • Awarded “Showcase Winner” by J.P. Morgan for innovation and creativity


  • Member, Society of Women Engineers: Women in Leadership Subcommittee