Karen Bartleson


Karen Bartleson, 2017 IEEE President, has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, 

, specifically in electronic design automation.  Karen retired as Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company, where her responsibilities included creating programs for technical standards development, software tool interoperability, and creating and maintaining strong relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide.  Prior to Synopsys, Karen brought her exceptional professional and leadership skills to bear at United Technologies Microelectronics Center and Texas Instruments.


Karen was President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014.  During her tenure, she led the development of a new strategic plan, furthered the principles of the OpenStand market-driven standardization paradigm, and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration.


In 2016, Karen was also appointed to the new U.S. Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors.  Bartleson, an IEEE senior member, and 16 other leaders from the fields of banking, economics, law, and technology are tasked with recommending ways to advance economic growth and job opportunities in the digital age.