She knows all about long journeys. To work for ZF, the 30-year-old power electronics engineer left home and moved several thousand miles away to Lake Constance in southern Germany. Although her name doesn’t give you much of a hint, Claudia Hopfensitz is Mexican by birth. Her parents are both lawyers.
“When he was younger, my father loved to tinker with cars and did almost everything himself,” says Hopfensitz. He liked the idea of his daughter choosing a technical career. She decided to study Engineering, specializing in electronics. After completing her undergraduate studies in Guadalajara, she earned her Master’s degree at Kempten University of Applied Sciences in Swabia. Why Germany? “Because this is where the best cars come from,” she says. “Everyone in Mexico knows that.”