Jenny Ensberg has a passion for travel and the engineering marvels she sees along the way. In Hong Kong, it was the beauty of the country that impressed her, as well as the state-of-the-art transportation systems that carry millions of people safely and efficiently each day. In Europe, it was the rich history of the continent and its magnificent cathedrals. “You look at the structures that were built in the Middle Ages,” she says, “and you can’t help but wonder how someone could build something so beautiful and enduring without the knowledge and tools we have today.”
It was her curiosity and interest in technology that led to a career in engineering. “I enjoy solving problems and I want to make things better,” she says. “I enjoyed math and science in high school, so engineering was the right fit for me.”
She was drawn to United Technologies when her husband was recruited by UTC Aerospace Systems. She soon joined and today manages analyses of several heat exchanger projects including those made with advanced manufacturing technologies.
“My husband and I see many opportunities here for professional growth,” she says. “It’s a large company that represents many technical fields and programs. You’re always learning something and you’re surrounded by brilliant colleagues.”
As a new mother, she also appreciates a flexible schedule that allowed her to take care of her infant. “This was very important to me,” she says. She makes it a priority to have balance in her life. In her down time, she experiments in the kitchen, writes restaurant reviews, and hikes the local trails around her home.
Jenny has sound advice for young people who may be considering a career in engineering. “Learn coding,” she says. “We live in a digital world, and coding is going to be as essential as math and reading. Do as many internships as possible while you’re in college. It will give you critical work experience and you’ll find that what you learn on paper isn’t always what you’ll be doing in the real world.”
Her final piece of advice: “Remember that engineers are critical to human progress. The world faces so many problems – traffic, a growing population and finding sustainable ways to feed the billions of people across our planet. It will be engineers who solve these problems.”