Program encourages girls to consider engineering

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When asked to picture an engineer, Samantha Stafford and many of her female classmates said the first thing that came to their minds was a man.

Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. wants to change that stereotype.

For Female Engineer Day, the group introduced seventh-grade girls at Seymour Middle School to Wesley Loxley, Brittany Borella and Kara Dailey. All are young engineers working at two of the biggest industrial employers in Jackson County.

Loxley and Borella are mechanical development engineers at the Cummins Inc. Seymour Engine Plant, where their main duties are focused on development, design and testing of parts for production of the company’s largest engine to date — the Hedgehog.

Dailey is a packaging engineer at Aisin USA in Seymour and is credited with helping the company come up with more efficient ways to package and ship its products.

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