I am the chief engineer for Ford's Global Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles. I am responsible for the development and launch of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicle applications worldwide.
Hi Nancy – congratulations for moving forward in your academic pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree! To answer your first question, absolutely automotive engineering is for women. It’s for anyone who enjoys a great challenge of making 3000 parts all work together in complete quality and harmony to build a product that thrills and delights many customers all over the world. As for the second question, I can answer for Ford (and I’m sure the answer for many other auto manufacturers would be the same), and absolutely we accept women in automotive engineering – we are always on the lookout for great and energized talent to join the Ford team.
It is not necessary to get a ‘hand in the car’ before coming to Ford, however it certainly never hurts. Ford is a wonderful place to learn all about the excitement of designing, building, and selling great cars and trucks. I’ve been here 19 years, and I learn something new every single day. I love it.
The winners of the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay Contest have been announced! NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. said, "It is inspiring to see students exploring the meaning of responsible engineering, for it is a primary concern for engineering in advancing our society." Check out the link below to read the wonderful essays.