Karen Roth, Treasurer
Karen Roth is the chief engineer of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, New York. She recently transitioned from Sikorsky Aircraft, where she was the system security lead for the new Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter. Her responsibilities included execution of cybersecurity requirements and program protection elements.
Roth holds degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology and Cornell University in software and systems engineering, and is pursuing an MBA from Indiana University. Additionally, she is a regional Young Technologist of the Year, a USAF Civilian Achievement Medal recipient, and was recognized as a SWE Distinguished New Engineer in 2013.
She joined SWE in 2001 as a collegiate member and has been an active leader ever since. She has served as a collegiate and professional leadership coach, members-at-large president, lieutenant governor, Society audit chair, senator, a member of the strategic planning committee, deputy speaker of the senate, and, most recently, as the FY18 director of professional excellence. Her passion is coaching and creating networks within the organization.
Outside of SWE, Roth actively participates in her local community on the regional engineering council board and her local Rotary board. Through these organizations, she has advocated for STEM activities via MATHCOUNTS, Project SITES, and the Books for the World program.