Karen Willcox

As Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Co-Director of the Center for Computational Engineering, MIT, Karen is a leader in the development of computational methods for designing engineering systems.

At MIT, Karen leads two large research projects for the U.S. Air Force to develop methods for the design of future aircraft and drones. She also works closely with Boeing on the design of the Blended Wing Body, a concept for a future passenger aircraft.

Passionate about engineering, teaching and her chosen career, Karen seeks to inspire and nurture an interest in mathematics and science in the next generation of young women, as a teacher, lecturer and mentor, and strives to support others in realising their own ambitions.

Karen’s enthusiasm for her work is mirrored in her sporting pursuits, and she is a successful rugby player, marathon, ultra-marathon and trail runner and an experienced mountain climber.

Karen is keen to visit a school in Auckland or surrounding areas, and would love to go somewhere that would have a positive impact.