Female Students Build Networks Within U.S. Automotive Industry

Thursday, February 18, 2016
International Auto Show

Making Connections: Jade Kivela (left, pink blouse), a senior mechanical engineering major, listens to advice from females working in the automotive field during this year's Inforum Breakfast and AutomotiveNEXT:1:1 workshop in Detroit. She was one of eight students attending this year's sessions.

Eight female students got a taste of the automotive industry while being special guests at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Their visit provided valuable insights and networking opportunities, and allowed them a sneak peek into the future of automotive technology.

This is the fourth consecutive year that a group of students has attended NAIAS's Inforum Breakfast and AutomotiveNEXT 1:1 workshop, allowing students to begin building a professional network within the automotive industry.

"It is incredible to see the opportunities that we will have after graduating, and how we can be a part of the frontier of new technology," remarks junior mechanical engineering major Katie Piens.

Joining Piens in the group were Elena Chong, Jade Kivela, Karlee Koetje, Erin Scully, Liah Tresemet, Sarah Volkman, and Natalie Wisniewski. They each had the opportunity to interact with engineers in the field, and connect with female engineers working in the automotive industry.

The breakfast's featured speakers were General Motors President Dan Ammann and KPMG Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Lynne Doughtie.

"The NAIAS trip provided me with the opportunity to network with inspirational and high-achieving women in the automobile industry. These energetic female engineers were very willing to provide career advice for young engineers like us," says Chong, a senior electrical engineering major.