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M.E. department names recipient of its highest alumni award

Karen Edberg receives 2007 Professional Award in Engineering

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering strives to develop engineers who are second to none in their technical abilities, but who also temper that expertise with a commitment to leadership and service within their profession and community. Karen Edberg epitomizes these traits, and the Mechanical Engineering faculty is privileged to recognize her with the department's 2007 Professional Award in Engineering.

Karen Edberg has established herself as an outstanding engineering and technology leader. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1991, and with an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. During her exceptional engineering career she has established herself as a technical leader in two major Louisville companies. At American Air Filter (1994-1998) she led design teams developing intake and exhaust systems for filtration equipment. As a lead design engineer at GE Appliances (1998-present) she helps optimize the component design and cooking algorithms for convection, microwave, and speed cooking ovens. She provides company-wide leadership in using FRACAS (failure reporting and corrective action system) for product evaluation and improvement.

Ms. Edberg's leadership abilities extend to the development of intellectual property; she is inventor for four U.S. patents (6867399, 6815644, 20040178192, and 20070095822). She is also a leader in advancing the mechanical engineering profession both within General Electric and throughout the Louisville region. She is a member of the GE Women in Technology planning committee. She has served two terms on the University of Louisville Mechanical Engineering Department's External Board of Advisors, where her vast industrial experience and methodical approach to assessment helped the faculty enhance the curriculum, and prepare for its 2006 external review. She is a longstanding, almost iconic member of the leadership team of Louisville Chapter of the American Society of mechanical Engineers, serving since 1996 as section secretary, section treasurer, and finally, section chair.

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