WARSAW — A “Women In Engineering” workshop was held at the Warsaw Area Career Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Girls in eighth grade were able to enjoy breakfast and listen to a female engineer at Zimmer Biomet speak about why she enjoys her career in and what some of the struggles are being in a predominatly male-dominated field.
Students were also able to ask questions and participate in an activity during the event.
The keynote speaker, Jennifer Molinda is a Senior I Product Development Engineer in the Hip Business Segment at Zimmer Biomet. Her job is to work on a team designing and creating new products for replacing a patient’s hip joint.
Molinda shared she became interested in a career in engineering largely because her father was also an engineer. She also mentioned from a young age she loved challenges and trying to solve problems.
During high school, she took classes, such as physics, that would help prepare her for college classes in engineering.
Molinda got her B.S degree in biological engineering and her masters in biomedical engineering from Cornell University.
Molinda told the girls about the Society of Women Engineers. She cites the group as a valuable resource to women who work in the field of engineering.
Jill Jackson, Assistant Director in the Career Center, stated the reason she wanted to hold this event was to get eighth grade girls excited about the engineering programs they will be able to take next year at Warsaw High School. Students are able to take dual credit classes in engineering at Warsaw High School.