Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a MEng (1991), a PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and an MBA (2007), all from Cornell University.
Prior to pursuing an MBA, Karen held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging and as a research and then senior research scientist. After completing her MBA, she worked as a technology and market development manager for Corning’s Specialty Materials division. Upon returning to Science and Technology, she began working in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis the wireless industry.
Dr. Matthews has authored numerous publications and patents, been a speaker/keynote speaker at various industry conferences, and is a member of several technical and professional organizations. Most recently, she has been invited as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist and open forum discussion leaders at various 5G and Internet of Things-based conferences. She has served as Corning’s Executive Board member of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) – sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group therein. She continues to lead CDAIT’s Thought Leadership Working group and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Georgia Tech, a member of the OFC 2019 program committee and the Chair of the OFC 2020 N5 Market Watch, developing the programming for Market Watch, Network Operators Summit and Data Center Summit.