Karen brings more than 28 years of experience in aerospace, primarily in quality assurance roles with gradual increases in responsibility. Prior to coming to Manufacturer’s Edge, Karen was the Director of Strategic Quality for Lockheed Martin Space Systems CO in Littleton, CO. Her work experience includes quality engineering, quality inspection supervision, lean initiatives, internal audits, liaison engineering, corrective action engineering, and advanced quality engineering implementation. In leadership, her experiences include leading audit teams, supplier certifications, calibration services, corrective action engineering organizations, running a quality organization of approximately 80 employees including software and hardware quality, quality engineering and System Safety and was the primary investigator for mishaps and significant nonconformities for Space Systems. As the Director of Strategic Quality, Karen was the Lockheed Martin Corporation representative to the IAQG and served as a voting member for the AS9100 standard for 4 years and was leading the Additive Manufacturing efforts for the Quality organization. Her final assignment was as a consultant to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in the UK and she was instrumental in re-starting operations after 20 years of shut down.
Karen’s skill sets come from years of experience, but where she really distinguishes herself is in the area of root cause analysis and corrective actions, analysis of KPIs to identify continuous improvement areas, and in assessing process efficiencies. She has years of experience in performing audits to ascertain deficiencies and to identify areas of weakness where improvements will benefit the operations of the company by using lean tools, but also by observing the dynamics of the organization.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, U of Minnesota
- Master’s in Engineering Management, U of Colorado
- ISO9001:2015 Auditor Certified, August 2017, cert # 6053858 from IRCA
- AS9100D Lead Auditor Certified, December 2017, AIEA cert # 1819034095 received July, 2018 from Probitas
- DoD Top Secret/SSBI security clearance
AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE:
- Quality Engineering
- Root Cause Analysis/Trend Analysis
- Corrective Action Engineering
- AS9100D and ISO9001:2015 compliance
- Quality organization structure
- Internal Auditing