Karen Bartleson

Colorado Springs, CO, US
Field of Work 
Computer Engineering
Company 
IEEE
Job Title or "Student" 
Past President
Education 
California Polytechnic State University
Degree 
Engineering Science
Education Level 
Bachelors
Profile Biography 
Karen Bartleson has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, specifically in electronic design automation. Karen retired as Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company, where her responsibilities included creating programs for technical standards development, software tool interoperability, and creating and maintaining strong relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide. Prior to Synopsys, Karen brought her exceptional professional and leadership skills to bear at United Technologies Microelectronics Center and Texas Instruments.

Karen was President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014. During her tenure, she led the development of a new strategic plan, furthered the principles of the OpenStand market-driven standardization paradigm, and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration.

As a member of and leader within the IEEE Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014, she chaired and led the development of the strategic plan for the IEEE Internet Initiative Committee, whose charter is to raise IEEE’s influence and profile in the areas of Internet governance, cyber-security, and cyber-privacy policy development. She was also a member of the IEEE Strategy Committee, overseeing the development of the role of IEEE in global public policy.

In 2016, Karen was also appointed to the new U.S. Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Bartleson, an IEEE senior member, and 16 other leaders from the fields of banking, economics, law, and technology are tasked with recommending ways to advance economic growth and job opportunities in the digital age.

Karen has published numerous articles about standards and universities and has authored the book “The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards: Practical Insights for Creating Technical Standards” (Synopsys Press, 2010). In 2003, she received the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. She earned a B.S. in Engineering Science with a concentration in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 1980.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Computing, Reading, Video games, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Fun demonstrations or materials, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
Other
Other Program Affiliation 
IEEE Women in Engineering

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