Girls Get an Inside Look at Opportunities in Automotive Engineering
When Jennifer Shute and Jody Hand took leadership roles in Michigan Technological University’s inaugural Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE) this summer, one of their goals was to provide young women with something they didn’t have when they were students at Michigan Technological University—female role models in the automotive industry.
Women in Automotive Engineering, sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was conducted by Tech’s Center for Pre-college Outreach as part of the Summer Youth Program (SYP). Both women work for FCA, Shute is product investigations manager in vehicle safety and regulatory compliance and Hand works as a reactive problem solving master blackbelt instructor.
While they were involved in all aspects of the week-long program, perhaps their most important role was to show the high-school women that a career in the male-dominated automotive industry is indeed possible.Serena Evans-Lutterodt of Bridgewater, New Jersey, found the experience inspiring. “I love it here,” she said. “It’s so exciting to know exactly what I want to do.”
Soon to enter her senior year at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, New Jersey, Evans-Lutterodt said she’s always loved cars and engines and jumped at the scholarship-only program at Michigan Tech.She said she’s never before been in a position to learn about the automotive industry from women who are actually a part of it.