Krenzer, Bette

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Bette Krenzer
  • Helped charter the Kansas City chapter of the Society of Women Engineers
  • President of the Society for Women Engineers from 1986 to 1987
  • Received the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Air Force in 1967 and 1983

Bette Krenzer, or BK, earned her Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from the University Of Kansas and went on to forge a path for future generations of women engineers through her participation in the Society of Women Engineers. BK was SWE President Elect in 1985-86 and served as the Society President for 1986-87. During her presidency she expanded her long-standing communicator role by starting the President's Panorama, a newsletter written by the Society President and distributed to the Board, Section Presidents and Representatives, and Society Past Presidents. Another accomplishment that was a source of pride for her was the establishment of the Resnik Challenger Medal and the Resnik Scholarship, in memory of SWE Senior Member Judith Resnik, one of the NASA astronauts killed in the tragic Challenger Space Shuttle explosion.      

At the time of her death BK was a private consultant in electronics and electronic warfare. She previously completed 38 years of civil service employment with wide experience as an engineer and a manager; her specialty was electronic warfare, data acquisition, storage, and processing. She received the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Air Force in 1967 and 1983.                                                   

Throughout her career BK was a strong supporter of women's rights and of engineering as a career for women. She helped to "spread the word" through active participation in numerous other technical and professional organizations. She was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; a charter member of the Association of Old Crows (a professional organization of people working in electronic warfare); past chapter president of Federally Employed Women; a past officer at both chapter and national levels of the American Business Women's Association; a past member of Zonta International; a member of the Federal Executive Association, Equal Employment Opportunities Committee; and was the first woman elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Engineering Societies.

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