Six Years Ago, He Helped Expose VW’s Diesel Fraud. This Year, G.M. Let Him Go.
Hemanth Kappanna might seem like just another victim of corporate restructuring, a foreign worker whose skills were no longer needed, a middle-aged man with dashed American dreams. But Mr. Kappanna, an engineer born in India who was laid off by General Motors in February, changed automotive history. In 2013, he was part of a small team of engineering students in West Virginia whose research helped expose Volkswagen’s decade-long conspiracy to lie about its diesel cars’ emissions.