Recognized as a pioneer for women in the corporate sector, Mona Dickson Jensen, PhD, MBA, is proud to have set the bar. She had been interested in mathematics and sciences since childhood and despite the fact that women didn’t frequent those fields at the time, she decided to pursue them anyway. Dr. Jensen proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, a PhD from Cornell University in 1973 and a Master of Business Administration in 1983. She then used her knowledge and training to obtain positions like senior scientist, project manager, manager of reagent systems applications, senior research and development manager, and clinical chemical strategic business applications manager at Instrumentation Laboratory. Dr. Jensen left the company in 1996 to become a research and development manager at a startup in Boston, where she remained for two years. Her last employer before her retirement was IDEXX Laboratories. She served them as a research scientist, research and development manager, and clinical chemistry research and development manager.
The highlight of Dr. Jensen’s career was achieving such a high level in her corporate career and using her position to advance the field. She holds two patents, and she is recognized as a leader on research relating to environmental control and cell culture. She is also responsible for the development of numerous clinical assay reagents in general chemistry, immunochemistry and coagulation of instrument/reagent analytical systems in human and veterinary medicine. To help her expand her reach, she contributed to publications like “Cell Culture and Its Application” and “Practical Tissue Culture Applications.”
Since stepping down from her profession, Dr. Jensen has focused on more creative and civic endeavors. She is currently the co-founder and president of Jensen Craft Enterprises Incorporated, which she runs out of New Hampshire. Additionally, her interest in genealogy has led her to join organizations like the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Pilgrim Edward Doty Society.
In recognition of Dr. Jensen’s achievements, she was featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who of American Women.