Karen Panetta

Join us at the 2024 ABET Symposium for an enlightening keynote session featuring Dr. Karen Panetta, a distinguished figure in engineering education and the dean of graduate education at Tufts University’s School of Engineering. Dr. Panetta’s pioneering research in AI and machine learning aligns with our Symposium’s theme, “Science Fiction to Science Fact: The Impact of AI on Higher Education.” Renowned for her work in image recognition databases and addressing bias in AI applications, Dr. Panetta will explore AI’s transformative potential in higher education.

In her keynote, Dr. Panetta will illustrate how AI revolutionizes teaching and learning in higher education, showcasing applications that personalize education for diverse student populations. She will emphasize the importance of developing an accessible AI toolbox for individuals across disciplines. Don’t miss this chance to gain insights from Dr. Panetta at the 2024 ABET Symposium as she navigates the path from science fiction to science fact in higher education.

Dr. Karen Panetta received her B.S. degree in computer engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, Boston. She also holds secondary appointments in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.  She is the Director of the Panetta Vision and Sensing System Laboratory. Her research interests include developing efficient algorithms for Artificial Intelligence, simulation, modeling, signal, and image processing for biomedical, security and conservation applications. She was a recipient of the 2023 IEEE-HKN Asad M. Madni award for Outstanding Technical Leadership and Excellence, 2012 IEEE Ethical Practices Award and the Harriet B. Rigas Award for Outstanding Educator. In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Award for Engineering and Science Education and Mentoring by U.S. President Obama for her Nerd Girls Program to empower young women in STEM. She was the Vice President of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. Karen was the 2019 President of IEEE-HKN (Eta Kappa Nu) honor society and 2021-2022 IEEE Awards Board Chair. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine. She was the IEEE-USA Vice-President of communications and public affairs. From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Worldwide Director for the IEEE Women in Engineering, overseeing the world’s largest professional organization supporting women in engineering and science.  Karen is the CEO and Co-founder of Tessera Intelligence Inc., Co-founder of Sea Deep Inc. and Co-inventor of the first Digital Twin. She is a Fellow of NAI, IEEE, AAIA, NASA JOVE and AAAS and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).