Thomas E. Jenkins, Sr.
Inducted in 2018
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1954
Throughout his 33-year career at GE, Thomas Jenkins strove to increase the standard and quality of living through constant productivity increases, creativity and commitment. He specialized in dishwasher and refrigerator project management, developing six major projects that required several hundred million dollars to implement, as well as over 55 patents for GE. Jenkins’ innovations reduced consumer cost and energy consumption and helped GE become a leader in the marketplace. Among Jenkins’ honors, he received five managerial awards and two Inventor of the Year awards. In addition, he received the prestigious Steinmetz Award, which is given biennially to six engineers from among GE’s entire engineering workforce. As a result of all he accomplished, Jenkins was inducted into the GE Inventor Hall of Fame.