Dr. Karen Panetta is a computer engineer, the Dean of the Graduate Education for the School of Engineering at Tufts University, and founder of the international “Nerd Girls” Program. Karen has been called the “Princess Warrior” of engineering and science because of her work advocating for young women in STEM.
Karen was the first women engineer granted tenure in the Tufts University School of Engineering. Karen earned her bachelors of science in computer engineering from Boston University before earning her Masters of Science and Ph.D in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. Karen was awarded the nation’s highest award for STEM education and mentoring in 2011 by President Obama.