From Mark Wilcox’s article on the Michigan Tech website:
When Jennifer Shute and Jody Hand took leadership roles in Michigan Technological University’s inaugural Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE) in July, 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.
“Part of the reason we’re doing this is the fact we didn’t have (female) role models, not only at their age, but also in college,” Hand said.
“This has been fantastic,” said Shute. “It is so great to see these 24 outstanding young women interested in this exciting profession.”