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Karen Lightman

Karen Lightman

Managing Director

MEMS Industry Group, US

Karen Lightman became MEMS Industry Group’s (MIG) Managing Director in June, 2007. Formerly Director of Special Projects, Karen played a pivotal role in launching MIG in January 2001. Karen is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker and panelist promoting MIG’s role as a key player in the MEMS global supply chain. Karen oversees operations of MIG; spearheads strategic growth; and oversees sales, public relations, marketing, and outreach. Karen has been critical in creating the content for all of MIG’s events and programming including MEMS Executive Congress, MEMS Education Series and METRIC conferences as well as establishing and maintaining partnerships with other international organizations to advance the MEMS industry. With close to twenty years of non-profit and business experience, Karen joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Economic Development where she was a Senior Policy Analyst. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Karen was Senior Associate at Cleveland Tomorrow, promoting public-private partnerships and private capital investment. Karen was also a Program Associate with the Ford Foundation, managing programs to catalyze development in communities around the United States. Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College. Karen and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chairing the Microtech for Quality of Life and Medical Applications - MIG Special Symposia.

Co-chairing the MEMS & NEMS Fabrication, Devices & Applications Symposia.


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