About Karen Panetta

Karen Panetta is a computer engineer, inventor and the Dean of Graduate Education for the School of Engineering at Tufts University. Karen develops signal and imaging processing algorithms, simulation tools and embedded systems for applications for robot vision, and biomedical imaging applications. She has won a number of awards for social impact, teaching and mentoring, ethics, and engineering education, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring. She founded the "Nerd Girls" program, which encourages young women to pursue engineering and science. Karen is the editor-in-chief of IEEE WIE Magazine. Her passion is utilzing her engineering knowledge for the  benefit of humanity.