Karen Panetta is an IEEE fellow and dean for graduate education at Tufts University. Panetta earned her doctorate and master's degrees from Northeastern University and a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Boston University. She is a champion of STEM diversity and founded the Nerd Girls and is also the editor in chief of IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine. Panetta has expertise in computing, AI and image processing and has created technology to aid in cancer diagnosis, homeland security and safety applications for first responders. Panetta enjoys writing about technology to benefit humanity and the future directions of careers in STEM. Her life's commitment is to solving humanitarian challenges using technology and empowering youth to change the world.