Karen S. Pedersen,
Karen Pedersen, P.E., F.N.S.P.E. has over 35 years in
the Utility Industry; as a planner and rate research
engineer in three large utilities in Iowa and Massachusetts.
She led teams of engineers on electric system projects to
build transmission and distribution substations costing
millions of dollars.
Karen taught Power Systems Analysis online as Adjunct
Professor for the University of Alaska in Anchorage. She is
an Instructor for Wentworth Technology in Boston teaching
online continuing education courses (Electric Motor
Controls, Power System Analysis, and Transients).
Karen was President of the Massachusetts Society of
Professional Engineers in Boston. She is an National Society
of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Fellow and served 7 years
on the NSPE Foundation Board.
She received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from
Iowa State University. She received an M.B.A. from Bentley
College in Massachusetts. A member of HKN, she was
inducted into the Nu Chapter of Iowa State University on 2
Karen is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer
(Iowa-10074), Licensed Professional Engineer
(Illinois-062-052517), and a Registered Professional
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
IEEE-USA Board of Directors, Director Region 4 (2 terms),
IEEE-USA Ad Hoc External Award Chair, 2011
IEEE-USA Awards Committee Member, 2007-2010
IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee, 2015
IEEE Ad Hoc Code of Conduct and Policy Review Committee,
IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee, IEEE BOD Liaison,
IEEE Board of Directors, Region 4 Director, 2013-2014
IEEE Ad Hoc Ethics and Compliance Management Committee, 2013
IEEE Awards Board, IEEE BOD Liaison, 2013
MGA “Practitioners” Ad Hoc, Member, 2015
MGA GUOS (Geographic Unit Operations Support) Committee,
MGA Ad Hoc: Metro Area Workshop in a Box, Project Lead,
the IEEE Code of Conduct and Policy Review Committee in
2014. Produced a new Code of Conduct and set in place
training to be used by all volunteer leadership. Policies
related to ethics and Code of Conduct were updated and are
consistent, and duplications have been removed.
Region 4, 2013-2014
4 Director, modified structure of Region 4 January Annual
Meeting to add value for Section leadership in the Region.
Three training sessions were offered to Section leadership
on the use of, VTools, NetSuite, and best practices for
Section leadership. This was in response to concerns of
Section leadership. The attendees voted it a success by
staying the whole 90 minutes and asking for SAMIEEE
As Region 4 Director, placed Young Professionals and
mid-career volunteers in Region 4 chair positions while
retaining more mature volunteers in appropriate positions.
The goal was to maintain a continuity in experience while
bringing in new young professionals.
Women in Engineering, Member, 2015
Cedar Rapids Section S.L., Member, 2009-present
Iowa-Illinois Section, Chair, 2003
Central Iowa Section, Chair, 1983-1984
Energy Chapter Chair, 2007-2009
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25 April 2017
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