- BS Mechanical Engineering 1987
- MS Mechanical Engineering 1989
After attending "Women in Engineering" at Michigan Tech when she was in 11th grade, Cynthia Hodges '87 '89 knew it was the place for her.
“Michigan Tech prepared me very well for my career, because of an unlikely reason. There were so few of woman studying engineering back then, I got used to being one of the only woman in the room. This suited me well for a career in industry, where women engineers currently only make up 7% of all mechanical engineers. At Tech, my male colleagues always treated me like an equal, a valued member of any team I was on.”
After graduating with her BS and MS in mechanical engineering, Cynthia began work at Ford Motor Company as a product test engineer in their durability engineering laboratory. She has spent most of her career in chassis engineering and has designed fuel and steering systems, suspension, tires, wheels, and brakes for many Ford cars and trucks. Her current job is to help Ford’s supplier partners make the best chassis commodities for Ford vehicles.
“I was the first person in my extended family to go to college, so going to Michigan Tech quite literally changed my life. I'm glad to "pay it forward" to Tech students because of all the good things my Michigan Tech education gave to me.”
Cynthia is past president of the Society of Women Engineers of Detroit. Cynthia is a charter member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae, the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Career Services Advisory Board at Michigan Tech. She has also been active in on campus recruiting at Michigan Tech.
Cynthia’s advice to students is: “Stay connected with your fellow MTU Alumni! So often, I've been helped along the way by other alums at work.”
May 24, 2018