Women in Engineering Make a Mark in Motorsports

From homemade science kits to pit box crew — see how Purdue mechanical engineering student, Jennifer Short, has turned a life-long dream of motorsports into a reality.

“Getting into motorsports requires a little bit of luck, and a whole lot of passion,” Jennifer says . “When Jenna Soukup spoke to our Grand Prix team, I purposefully stayed behind to ask her questions and made sure that she remembered me. When I worked for Andretti, I put in 100-hour weeks. Now I have the experience to back it up. I can tell these INDYCAR teams that I’ve been around a car; I’ve done sensor calibrations; I’ve operated their software. It’s having these connections that will make the next step possible.”