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.
More about Jonna Gerken
Gerken is a manager in manufacturing engineering for Pratt & Whitney. She oversees the program chief manufacturing engineers in their work to ensure all engine components meet manufacturing readiness levels appropriate to their life-cycle stage.
Gerken has worked for Pratt & Whitney since 2000, holding numerous positions of increasing responsibility within both operations and engineering. Prior roles include: deputy engineering program manager for A320neo hot section, leading a multidisciplinary team of engineers in the design, development, and validation of module hardware; manager of the Quality, Delivery, and Cost Group in Hot Section Engineering, providing leadership and mentoring in the areas of quality improvement, process certification, cost reduction, and continuous improvement; and cost reduction manager for the Combustors, Augmentors, and Nozzles Module Center, where she oversaw the funding and execution of all activities impacting product cost for various hardware.
Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney, Gerken worked for Colt’s Manufacturing Co., where she was part of a rotation program covering industrial engineering and manufacturing, purchasing, metallurgy, and project management.
Gerken holds a B.S. in industrial and management engineering and an MBA in technology development, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a life member of SWE, a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and an associate value specialist with SAVE International. She received the 2016 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award from the Connecticut Science Center, the 2014 STEP Award from the Manufacturing Institute, the 2011 Pratt & Whitney Diversity and Inclusion Award, the 2006 SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award, and was a 2004 New Faces of Engineering Finalist for IIE.