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Jonna Gerken Becomes FY18 SWE President

Gerken was installed as president at a reception at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. She hopes to expand SWE’s K-12 outreach efforts.

Published On: August 2017

This article by Rebecca Lurye was first published by the Hartford Courant.

Jonna Gerken, fifth from the left, stands beside members of the Hartford section of the Society of Women Engineers.

When Jonna Gerken moves from one job to the next, she always tries to leave a legacy.

That was the advice of an old boss, and it stuck with the industrial engineer as she rose through the ranks of Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, where she now manages the aviation and aerospace company’s manufacturing team leaders.

From leading the production of new parts for the engine of an F-35 fighter jet, to improving the inner workings of the United Technologies Corp. company, Gerken doesn’t walk away from a role until she knows she’s leaving behind a new process, a new system — a better way of getting things done.

She’ll face the same challenge in her newest role — president of the Society of Women Engineers, an international organization that encourages girls to pursue degrees and careers in the field.

We want to encourage the girls specifically to never lose that creative thinking and curiosity.— Jonna Gerken, president of the Society of Women Engineers

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