COLOGNE, Germany – Two Ford employees have been named in a list of Germany’s top 25 most influential female engineers.
The list was compiled by Deutscher Ingenieurinnenbund, the country’s association of female engineers, which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Ford’s Martina Beyer, a department head, and Lostar Schräpfer, head of final assembly, were selected to receive the accolade from among 200 nominees.
The top 25 engineers were selected by a jury which included the former President of the German Federal Parliament, Rita Süssmuth.
“We are delighted by the jury’s choice and that two of our female experts are now top ranked in the list of the association of female engineers”, said Bernhard Mattes, chairman, Ford Germany.
“The award confirms our quality standards and makes it clear that technology is no longer male-dominated. Ford supports the engagement of female experts in all departments and also promotes equality of opportunities. We welcome the association’s efforts to encourage young talents and we hope more women will decide to take up a career as an engineer in the future.”
Through numerous initiatives, Ford promotes the training and employment of women in technical and industrial professions. Since 2000 the percentage of female trainees has increased from 5 to nearly 20 per cent.