judith-henzel
judith-henzel
It’s all about attitude regardless if you’re male or female. If you don’t want to do something, you’ll invent an excuse.

As the lead partner of Andretti Technologies, TE Connectivity has a rotational engineer program that puts one of TE’s automotive engineers inside the Andretti Autosport shop in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).  The resident engineer is responsible for advanced engineering expertise—finding new ways to improve the Andretti Team’s performance and co-creating and testing new TE products in the harsh environment of race cars.

  1. Do What You Love

Meet Judith Henzel, TE Connectivity’s resident engineer with Andretti Technologies, as she discusses her unique role in powering the future of racing and transportation.

Judith Henzel is the fourth TE resident engineer to work alongside the Andretti Formula E Team. Prior to assuming the role, Judith was a Project Manager for TE’s automotive business where she oversaw global technical infotainment projects for OEMs, working primarily with cable assemblies and connectors. Judith graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden after an internship with Lufthansa Technique piqued her interest in airport operations and automotive engineering.

Attracted to motorsport since she was a child, which she attributes to watching Formula 1 with her father, Judith has been fascinated by the sport for years. During her time as a student, she combined her passion for the sport with her engineering studies when she joined her university’s Formula Student program. Judith assumed roles as a team member and team leader on both the technical and commercial sides, working on the powertrain and fuel consumption, while also managing team sponsors and marketing plans.

With this assignment Judith rejoins the world of motorsport to co-create new technologies and advance innovation with Andretti Technologies. Judith’s current projects with Andretti Technologies include aluminum wire harnesses and sensors.

How did you first get into engineering?

After completing my A Level and working as an Au Pair in England to improve my English, I returned to Germany facing a major decision: what to do next? I chose to pursue an internship with Lufthansa Technique at the Frankfurt airport, where I immediately became interested in engineering. Wanting to learn more about engineering principles, automotive engineering, and airport operations, I decided to return to school to study mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden. There’s never been a question about another career since that internship.

judth henzel
© FSG Botzkowski

What made you interested in motorsport?

I’ve been watching Formula 1 with my dad since I was a child, so I’ve always had this innate interest in cars and racing. Once I began my formal studies and learned about the Formula Student program at my university, my interest grew once I realized I could combine two of my passions – engineering and motorsport. I joined the Formula Student team, and immediately immersed myself as both a team member and team leader. I gathered a lot of experiences with the team on both the technical and business side, including working on the powertrain and fuel consumption/oil supply, and managing team marketing, sponsors, and the business plan and cost reports. Becoming involved on both the engineering and PR side gave me a new appreciation for the sport.

judith henzel
© FSG Grams
I’ve been watching Formula 1 with my dad since I was a child, so I’ve always had this innate interest in cars and racing.

What challenges do you foresee adjusting to the male-dominated field of motorsport?

While studying engineering, I had to prove that I was just as interested in the technologies and technique as my male colleagues, and that I knew what I was talking about. But that really applies to any field – if you’re not interested and you don’t work hard, you won’t make it. My colleagues and teammates recognized that I had both of those things – I had the passion and drive and I worked hard. It’s all about attitude regardless if you’re male or female. If you don’t want to do something, you’ll invent an excuse. That’s been my experience in school and in my work life, so I anticipate it will be the same in motorsport.

  1. Unleashing Potential

At TE, we focus on enabling women to reach their full potential through inspiration, networking, mentoring, and professional development.

judith-henzel
judith-henzel
It’s all about attitude regardless if you’re male or female. If you don’t want to do something, you’ll invent an excuse.

As the lead partner of Andretti Technologies, TE Connectivity has a rotational engineer program that puts one of TE’s automotive engineers inside the Andretti Autosport shop in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).  The resident engineer is responsible for advanced engineering expertise—finding new ways to improve the Andretti Team’s performance and co-creating and testing new TE products in the harsh environment of race cars.

  1. Do What You Love

Meet Judith Henzel, TE Connectivity’s resident engineer with Andretti Technologies, as she discusses her unique role in powering the future of racing and transportation.

Judith Henzel is the fourth TE resident engineer to work alongside the Andretti Formula E Team. Prior to assuming the role, Judith was a Project Manager for TE’s automotive business where she oversaw global technical infotainment projects for OEMs, working primarily with cable assemblies and connectors. Judith graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden after an internship with Lufthansa Technique piqued her interest in airport operations and automotive engineering.

Attracted to motorsport since she was a child, which she attributes to watching Formula 1 with her father, Judith has been fascinated by the sport for years. During her time as a student, she combined her passion for the sport with her engineering studies when she joined her university’s Formula Student program. Judith assumed roles as a team member and team leader on both the technical and commercial sides, working on the powertrain and fuel consumption, while also managing team sponsors and marketing plans.

With this assignment Judith rejoins the world of motorsport to co-create new technologies and advance innovation with Andretti Technologies. Judith’s current projects with Andretti Technologies include aluminum wire harnesses and sensors.

How did you first get into engineering?

After completing my A Level and working as an Au Pair in England to improve my English, I returned to Germany facing a major decision: what to do next? I chose to pursue an internship with Lufthansa Technique at the Frankfurt airport, where I immediately became interested in engineering. Wanting to learn more about engineering principles, automotive engineering, and airport operations, I decided to return to school to study mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden. There’s never been a question about another career since that internship.

judth henzel
© FSG Botzkowski

What made you interested in motorsport?

I’ve been watching Formula 1 with my dad since I was a child, so I’ve always had this innate interest in cars and racing. Once I began my formal studies and learned about the Formula Student program at my university, my interest grew once I realized I could combine two of my passions – engineering and motorsport. I joined the Formula Student team, and immediately immersed myself as both a team member and team leader. I gathered a lot of experiences with the team on both the technical and business side, including working on the powertrain and fuel consumption/oil supply, and managing team marketing, sponsors, and the business plan and cost reports. Becoming involved on both the engineering and PR side gave me a new appreciation for the sport.

judith henzel
© FSG Grams
I’ve been watching Formula 1 with my dad since I was a child, so I’ve always had this innate interest in cars and racing.

What challenges do you foresee adjusting to the male-dominated field of motorsport?

While studying engineering, I had to prove that I was just as interested in the technologies and technique as my male colleagues, and that I knew what I was talking about. But that really applies to any field – if you’re not interested and you don’t work hard, you won’t make it. My colleagues and teammates recognized that I had both of those things – I had the passion and drive and I worked hard. It’s all about attitude regardless if you’re male or female. If you don’t want to do something, you’ll invent an excuse. That’s been my experience in school and in my work life, so I anticipate it will be the same in motorsport.

  1. Unleashing Potential

At TE, we focus on enabling women to reach their full potential through inspiration, networking, mentoring, and professional development.