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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Posted 02/10/2020 by Liz Grohn Andert, Global Digital Marketing Manager

At H.B. Fuller, we believe in celebrating the individuals who make a difference, which is why, in honor of this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to take the time to spotlight several women in our organization who are championing science.

Here are their stories.

H.B. Fuller is excited to spotlight these extraordinary women and looks forward to continuing to engage in efforts to make a positive difference for women everywhere.

If you have a passion for science and are interested in working for H.B. Fuller, search for open jobs here.

H.B. Fuller's Traci Jensen feature for women in science.

Traci has been with H.B. Fuller for 11 years. She’s worked in several roles within the organization, leading various business lines and directly managing R&D, marketing, sales, technical service, and manufacturing units. 

With a chemistry degree from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Kansas, Traci began her career over 30 years ago in a technical service role, which allowed her to find a balance between working directly with customers, sales, and R&D teams. She attributes much of her learning to the amazing managers and leaders that she’s interacted with, as well as her flexibility in taking on a variety of roles as it enabled her to step out of her comfort zone and gain valuable experience.

Fun Fact:

Traci is a proud supporter of Girls on the Run, a non-profit program that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, and is also proud of her work in helping bring back a college recruiting program targeting STEM majors at predominately Big Ten universities. Not only does this have an immediate impact in helping recruit talented, smart individuals, but it also has a long-term effect as these professionals grow within their careers in their respective companies. 

Today, Traci is leading H.B. Fuller’s efforts in global process improvement to drive efficiencies across the organization’s three business segments.


Having started out as an H.B. Fuller intern, Emily is excited to have worked with the company for two-and-a-half years. Her current role is in the Construction Adhesives global business unit, where she works as an Area Technical Specialist for the Flooring group. Emily provides technical support, training, and education, and particularly enjoys helping launch new products.

Having received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Emily attributes much of her progress to both her educational background and her opportunity to intern with H.B. Fuller. That experience allowed her to talk to people in the roles that she was interested in pursuing, and feedback from her managers proved to be invaluable as it enabled her to finetune her skill set and identify which positions would be a good fit. Emily also enjoys helping mentor H.B. Fuller interns and is additionally a member of the Next Generation Professionals committee.

Emily uses science every day through recommending different products for different applications, based on their chemistries. She understands that, without science, her job would be a guessing game, as it is precisely science that provides the rationale for her recommendations.

Fun Fact: 

When she’s not working, Emily enjoys combining her passion for science and love of food in the kitchen. In fact, she even attributes cooking and baking for having propelled her into a chemical engineering field of study.

H.B. Fuller's Kristy Beckman women in science feature.

Kristy has been with H.B. Fuller for nine years. As the Director of Program Management, Kristy feels fortunate to get to drive some of the biggest and most strategic initiatives for the company, including the Royal Adhesives integration and the organization’s work with Google Glass. Kristy also enjoys getting to meet and connect leaders to one another. 

Having received a Chemical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University and an M.E. in Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin, Kristy started her career as a Product Development Engineer in non-metallics and tribology (the study of friction and wear). After several years working in various roles within different organizations across the U.S., including Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Texas, Kristy found herself at H.B. Fuller. She’s transitioned from Director of Global R&D Operations to Director of Hot Melt Product Management to Global Hygiene R&D Director (including an assignment in Malaysia), to her current role. She holds 15 patents across multiple industries.

Kristy recognizes the value of science in her everyday life, both at work and elsewhere. She’s confident that her background in engineering has helped her become a great problem solver, especially as she’s regularly faced with business problems and looks to implement win-win solutions.

Fun Fact: 

When she’s not working, Kristy loves exercising. As a huge proponent of the benefits of exercise in all aspects of life, Kristy enjoys teaching fitness classes at H.B. Fuller and in the community, having been a certified fitness instructor for 24 years.

H.B. Fuller's Rutika feature for women in science.

Rutika has been working at H.B. Fuller for a little under a year, having previously interned with the organization. As a Sourcing Analyst, Rutika specializes in securing raw materials. She relies strongly on her innovative skill set to help gain materials that are more cost effective and that will work in adhesive formulations. Additionally, she also negotiates with suppliers for competitive pricing.

Rutika graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a minor in Supply Chain Management. While she has always liked science and math, she also enjoys the business side, which ultimately inspired her decision to go into a sourcing position.

Rutika also tutors at Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) in math and science, and finds it particularly rewarding to see young people grow in their understanding of subject matter she enjoys.

Fun Fact:

When she’s not using science, Rutika finds herself traveling the world, having lived in Belgium, Scotland, and Australia, where she still maintains citizenship.

H.B. Fuller's Elizabeth Knazs feature for women in science.

Elizabeth has worked at H.B. Fuller for nearly two years. As a Senior Application Specialist, she supports business growth by developing application-related solutions to prove the benefits of commercially available products. She also helps manage projects, from new business leads to the final sales stage, to ensure customer success. As the world moves toward new technologies, Elizabeth understands that her role will be critical to finding innovative solutions with advanced adhesives. 

Elizabeth confirmed her love of chemistry, physics and math in her collegiate studies at Louisiana State University. From there, she worked for many years at Dow Chemical, gaining experience as an Analytical Technologist, Quality/EHS/Logistics lead, Solar Application Engineer and Technical Service lead, and finally as a Quality/Analytical Ops lead. Realizing that she missed the innovation and customer interaction, however, is what prompted her to pursue her current role at H.B. Fuller.

Elizabeth is passionate about science, and understands how it is key to helping customers achieve success. She is grateful to be able to do a job that pushes her limits and analytical knowledge to help solve tomorrow’s challenges.

Fun Fact:

When she’s not working, Elizabeth enjoys volunteering at local food banks and helping with her daughter’s Girl Scouts troop and class activities.

H.B. Fuller's Elena Eiden, global product manager, aerospace, women in science feature.

Elena is new to the H.B. Fuller family, having started in October 2019. As the Global Product Manager for the Aerospace market, Elena is responsible for supporting the organization through strategic initiatives designed to enable sales teams to drive new business opportunities and application development within Aerospace. 

Elena holds a degree in Clinical Psychology and a Minor in Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and entered the Aerospace, Military and Defense business when she was recommended for an open sales position at a top distributor (Krayden). After working there for three years, Elena accepted a position at 3M Aerospace as a Sales Specialist covering Boeing and the Pacific Northwest, where she worked for 3.5 years before accepting her dream role in product management at H.B. Fuller.

Elena enjoys volunteering, as demonstrated by her participation in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Women in Aviation, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). Specifically, Elena was a member of the Student Relations committee in the Seattle chapter of SAMPE, where she worked to increase participation and learning from college students and provide scholarships to use towards STEM education or to attend industry trade shows and workshops.

Fun Fact: 

When she’s not working, Elena enjoys picking up new hobbies. Over the last two years especially, and having purchased a house, she’s enjoyed learning how to remodel a home on her own, most notably the custom, built-in pantry she recently finished.



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