Kjerstin Elmen-Gruys of Los Angeles and Michael Ackermann of Palo Alto are engaged to be married Oct. 1, 2011, at Thomas Fogerty Winery and Vineyard in Woodside.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Julie Elmen and Ken Gruys of St. Louis, formerly of Davis. She graduated from Princeton University in 2004. She is currently a Ph.D. student in sociology at UCLA.
The groom-elect is the son of Douglas and Sherry Ackermann of Louisville, Ky. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in biodesign innovation at Stanford University.