Jennifer Chen Morikawa (she/her) is a senior manufacturing engineer for General Motors (GM). She works as a business planner in Manufacturing Engineering Vehicle Systems, supporting business operations: department finances, hiring, and training. She interfaces on multiple levels within her organization to actively manage department goals and fosters collaboration cross-functionally and globally to share best practices and create efficiencies.
Morikawa earned a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in interdisciplinary engineering from Purdue University.
A senior life member of SWE, Morikawa joined the Society more than 20 years ago at the University of Michigan. She has held diverse leadership positions at all levels of the Society, including Detroit Section president, Region H governor, and Society awards and recognition committee chair.
Through her service, Morikawa has gained a rich understanding of SWE’s history and mission. Her knowledge and ability to work across levels and groups have allowed her to enable changes for the Society, including the transition from region conferences to WE Local and introducing the first endowed scholarship for community college students. She has been recognized with the Region H Distinguished Service Award and as a SWE Distinguished New Engineer and Outstanding SWE Counselor.
Morikawa also served as a key leader for the Michigan Chinese School, a small nonprofit educational organization, where she provided new programs and set up processes and guides to allow the organization to evolve. She is a second-generation Taiwanese American whose extended family is a melting pot of multi-Asian cultures.