An interview with Jennifer Grady for International Women in Engineering Day
For Jennifer Grady, a childhood obsession with mechanics led her down the path to a career in engineering. Having spent nearly three decades in the fenestration industry, Jennifer is currently an Applications Engineer at Sunrise Windows, a position she’s held for four years. To commemorate International Women in Engineering Day, we sat down with Jennifer to discuss her work.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be an engineer?
From a young age, I always had a curiosity for how mechanical things worked. I was constantly taking things apart to learn how they worked and then putting them back together. I enjoyed the challenge. I also enjoyed physics and math in school, and my teachers encouraged me to pursue engineering.
Were there any engineers who inspired you to pursue this line of work?
Better than a trained engineer, my dad inspires me every day when I see him fabricate his own designs into amazing assemblies. Thank you, Dad!
Did you study engineering in college?
Yes, I attended the University of Toledo. Go Rockets!
Can you briefly describe the type of work that you do at Sunrise?
I am an Applications Engineer using FeneVision ERP software and product knowledge to support our order entry, production, and bills of material systems.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people. We have such an amazing team here at Sunrise.
Besides Sunrise, where else have you worked as an engineer?
I am proud of the 28 years of fenestration experience I have gained while working for Great Lakes window, Comfort Line, and now Sunrise.
What would you tell girls and young women who have an interest in becoming an engineer?
I would tell girls and young women to follow their passion. If anyone tells you that you can’t do something, then prove them wrong. Believe in yourself!
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