Karen is currently a 2015-2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow, sponsored by the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). As a fellow in Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey’s office, Karen uses her STEM background to staff a broad portfolio of topics in energy, the environment, and STEM education and research. She has experience serving as a technical expert on topics that span engineering, science, and policy, and has worked in industry, academia, and non-profit organizations.
Karen holds a PhD in Geology & Geophysics and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. She has worked on topics that span science, engineering, and policy. In academia, she has conducted research on blood flow, mantle convection, and earthquake dynamics. In industry, Karen has worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry, where she served as project lead for the thermodynamic analysis group on a project aimed at improving the fuel efficiency for Embraer’s E-Jet aircraft family. In policy, she has acted a liaison between scientists and policymakers, keeping the Geological Society of America’s 26,000 members updated and involved in the policy process. Karen has trained scientists to communicate with both policymakers and the public through communications workshops, webinars, and on-site training sessions. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles and articles about legislation, science policy events, and the importance of federal investment in science.