Contact & Officers

Richmond Society of Women Engineers





Our FY20 officer bios are below.

Sarah Bettinger – President

Sarah is a Structural Engineer with Austin Brockenbrough and Associates where she primarily designs buildings and fuel storage structures for government and military clients. She graduated with an undergrad in Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T and earned her Master’s in Structural Engineering from UAB. She is active in several engineering societies and is excited to be a part of the Richmond SWE Section. Sarah loves being outside and spends her free time gardening, hiking, and traveling the world.

Gaytri Sharma – Vice President

Gaytri is a R&D scientist with WestRock Company. She works in an analytical group where her job function is to evaluate paper packaging materials using different microscopic techniques. Her work is focused on understanding the microstructure and compositions of packaging materials to develop new paper packaging materials and resolve technical problems. Prior to WestRock, she worked at Pfizer as formulation scientist in the Richmond area. She graduated with MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Miami University, OH in 2008. She has been associated with SWE-RVA since 2015 in different roles. She likes to read and spend time with family outdoors in her free time.

Viktoria Pretzman – Treasurer

Viktoria started her SWE membership while getting her degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating in 2015, she has since started her engineering career with Altria, working in both manufacturing engineering as well as research & development. Always excited to promote engineering and community involvement within Richmond, Viktoria is fulfilling the role of SWE-RVA Treasurer.

Jen Sherman- Secretary

Erica Bennett – Social Chair

A 2015 graduate of Virginia Tech, Erica is an Electrical Engineer working for Dominion at a power plant in Chesterfield. She loves working in the field and is focused mainly on controls and electrical support systems throughout the plant. Erica has only been involved in SWE for about a year, but was a member of the IEEE student chapter at Virginia Tech, and is very active in the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. When she isn't cheering on the Hokies during football season, she loves to travel and relax by the pool with a good book.

Carol Polen – Outreach Chair

A Virginia Tech alumni with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from UNC Charlotte. She enjoyed a rewarding 25 year career working for Verizon and Dominion before shifting her focus from the corporate world to the education world. After teaching Physics in two Richmond area high schools, Carol now works with a variety of STEM outreach programs, including the Society of Women Engineers. She has been a member of SWE since 1998 and enjoys cycling and traveling in her free time.

Connie Wooldridge – Scholarship Chair

We are always looking for more help. More volunteer opportunities are below:

-Volunteers for the Social, Outreach, Professional Development, and Scholarship Committees


Please email us at if you are interested.