Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Vice President, Leadership and Recognition
Member, Alexander Holley Society
Member, Archimedes Club
Whether you give $100 or $1,000 or $5,000, every amount makes a difference.
"So many people have supported me over my career so it's a chance to return the favor, with gratitude," Jennifer Jewers Bowlin says. "I want my gifts to go towards the greatest need, so I give the freedom to the ASME Foundation to allocate to programs it feels deserve the most support. Whether you give $100 or $1,000 or $5,000, every amount makes a difference to the Society, education, and growth. It doesn't matter how little or how much you give. All of these programs require money to run and your support helps keep them going." She feels connected and supports ASME. "ASME is all about the people. I've had incredible networking opportunities and made job and career connections. Everyone at ASME is promoting engineering and I love being a part of this organization," she adds. She became an Archimedes Club member because "No one likes to think about his or her own mortality," she says. "You have to accept that no one's going to be here forever. I want ASME Foundation to make the most of my resources for its programs and for the development of future engineers when I'm gone."
Bowlin designs supermarket refrigeration systems for Wal-Mart stores as an engineer with Henderson Engineers, Inc. (HEI). When consumers reach into a refrigerated case to grab ice cream at Wal-Mart, she is the architect of the design of the system to keep food cold and safe. She helps ensure that refrigeration systems are designed for optimal performance and maximum energy efficiency. Through her work with refrigeration from the processing, storage, and sales aspects, she understands the impact and importance of refrigeration systems on food safety and quality.
Bowlin joined ASME as an undergraduate student. "My professors encouraged me to join ASME. It's part of being a professional in the engineering business. I was active in my student district and was elected district representative, which gave me a chance to travel to different conferences," she recalls. "After grad school, I ran society level conferences and really enjoyed the work. I decided to run for committee chair and got on a board. I had really great mentors. I love being an early career member."
A member of the Kate Gleason Award Committee of the ASME Foundation, Bowlin finds the experience rewarding. "It was incredibly awesome to read the accomplishments of women who had been nominated," she says. "Many started their careers when women went to college to become a teacher or nurse. They overcame so many obstacles, so it's amazing to see the great things they've done. Engineers don't celebrate each other enough so it's great when we do celebrate each other. Anything we can do that benefits the society as a whole…where would we be without engineers in the world?"