GLENN JORGENSEN: TAKE IT APART, PUT IT TOGETHER – CURIOSITY DRIVES THIS ENGINEER
SVT Powertrain Leader
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- Glenn Jorgensen is an inquisitive guy who loves understanding how things work, which fueled his drive to be an engineer
- Jorgensen is the SVT powertrain leader, responsible for working on the all-new aluminum- block engine that powers the 2011 Shelby GT500®
- A Utah native, Jorgensen believes there’s no better car than the Shelby GT500 and loves working on great performance vehicles every day
Ask Glenn Jorgensen about his mother’s typewriter. Jorgensen, always an inquisitive type, remembers that piece of equipment as one of the first he took apart. Although his mom may not have been happy, that curiosity – along with a love for cars and all things mechanical – eventually led Jorgensen to a position as powertrain leader for Ford’s SVT.
The Salt Lake City native attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He went on to get his MBA from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
After working for a turbine engine manufacturer, Jorgensen joined Ford’s engine division in 1992. His past positions have included a stint on the original Taurus SHO, serving as powertrain team leader on Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis, working on the 2006 Explorer powertrain, and helping develop the advanced pre-program architecture for future vehicles.
Jorgensen’s current role has him leading the design, development and delivery of SVT powertrains, including the new aluminum-block V-8 in the 2011 GT500. His responsibilities range from the engine to the transmission to the powertrain controls.
“I love putting great performance vehicles into our customers’ hands,” said Jorgensen. “Seeing the cars we work on out on the street, with people enjoying them, talking about them and getting excited is the reward.”
And in his opinion, there’s no better car than the 2011 Shelby GT500.
“The Shelby GT500 is my favorite vehicle we’ve done,” Jorgensen explained. “This is the best driving experience to date for the GT500, bar none. It’s just that next step – the new engine and the handling is just great.”
As for Jorgensen, he has no problem explaining why he loves his job. “That’s easy,” he says. “Working on great performance vehicles.”
Personal Insights and Fun Facts
- Glenn lives in Novi, Mich., and has four children, Brian, Jeff, Jenna and Alyssa that keep him busy away from work
- His first car had a fuzzy checkerboard headliner
- Glenn is versed in speaking Japanese
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 198,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com .
Feb. 8, 2010