Jacquelyn Gray, a talented Mechanical Design Engineer at Integral Powertrain, has just completed yet another career ambition to become a STEM ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics #STEM).
We say ‘yet another’ as this engineer has been rather industrious since she discovered an engineering career path.
Encouraged by her Chemistry teacher who saw a potential doctor in front of him, Jacquelyn’s path was widened from Biology to Chemistry and Physics. Not a great fan of blood Jacquelyn found her niche through a GirlsGetSET event at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh which aimed at showing girls, aged 11-18, what Science, Engineering and Technology (or SET for short) are all about. This was her first experience of STEM and one that would eventually lead to active involvement.
A STEM ambassador in the making
Jacquelyn knew civil engineering through her father who worked in the construction industry, however once she discovered mechanical engineering it became the career for her. She went on to study at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and secured a 1st class MEng in Mechanical with Automotive Engineering, with Dean’s awards for meritorious achievement in 3rd and 4th year.
Active at IMechE meetings and events as a committee member and with 4 years on the Formula Student team, including ownership of the car’s drivetrain, Jacquelyn gained a great deal of high quality engineering experience as she studied. Work experience during her studies included: Operations Engineering at Lifescan Scotland, Subsea Systems at GE Energy and Well Operations at Conoco Phillips, where she spent time out on the rigs in the middle of the treacherous North Sea.
This experience, ambition and excellent qualifications helped Jacquelyn secure a Mechanical Design Engineer position at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. After winning four back to back Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championships, Jacquelyn decided to look for a new challenge where she could apply her advanced knowledge of high performance engineering into innovative, new and pioneering products.
A valued member of the team
Since joining Integral Powertrain (IP) Jacquelyn has been using her design skills on projects that include high power density electric motors and their controlling electronics, within the e-Drive systems division. Being part of a rapidly expanding business, that’s building on success in almost every aspect of high end Motorsport and prestige hybrid and electric vehicles hasn’t side-lined her desire to share and influence new minds and achieve a long-standing ambition to work as part of the STEM movement. Her role as a STEM Ambassador will be to visit schools, primarily in an area from Leicestershire to Buckinghamshire, to share her experiences and open up pupil’s minds to consider their potential in an engineering environment. When you look at the world class engineering companies, such as Integral Powertrain, which are located in this area then it’s easy to see that there is considerable potential for a very meaningful career in engineering.
Jacquelyn’s first official duty, as a STEM ambassador, will be to talk and inspire young ladies at the Northampton School for girls next month. No doubt there will be other activities to follow for this ambitious engineer who already has her sights on winning Young engineer of the year in the not too distant future.
Thinking about Engineering as your career?
If you are inspired by Jacquelyn and you would like to pursue an engineering career that will enable you to reach your full potential then please visit our careers pages and contact us.