August 14, 2017

Pratt's Gerken heads female engineers' group

West Hartford engineer Jonna Gerken, right, was formally seated last Thursday to a one-year term as president of the Society of Women Engineers.

Pratt & Whitney Co. engineer Jonna Gerken has been installed to a one-year term as president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Gerken, a mother of two who resides in West Hartford, was seated last Thursday at the Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford. Her post is effective from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Active in SWE for 25 years, Gerken joined the society as a freshman undergrad at New York's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she studied industrial and management engineering.

Gerken is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, serving on the local chapter's board as secretary. She also is an annual judge at the Connecticut Invention Convention, highlighting K-7 inventors throughout the state.

Gerken was awarded the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award in 2016, recognizing Connecticut women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Based in Chicago, nonprofit SWE consists of more than 38,000 members.

CORRECTION: An earlier version misstated where Gerken resides.

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