Professor of Practice in Engineering Management, Florida International University, Weston, FL, USA
Karen E. Schmahl, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Practice in the Engineering Management Program at Florida International University. Teaching and research areas focus on quality engineering/management and engineering economic analysis.Her degrees are in Industrial Engineering with bachelor’s and master’s from Texas A&M and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She shares over 20 years of industry experience with her students. Over ten years were spent in the aerospace industry, most notably at GE Aircraft Engines with positions supporting manufacturing and technology modernization projects. Prior to joining FIU in 2013, Dr. Schmahl spent 10 years as an independent consultant focusing on continuous improvement projects, providing training in quality engineering and blackbelt statistics, and performing AS9100 system assessments.She has held registrations/certifications as a Professional Engineer (Ohio), ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and ASQ Certified Manager of Organizational Excellence. Professional service activity includes serving as a member of the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and as a judge for the ASQ International Team Excellence Awards. Dr. Schmahl served several years as an evaluator of university industrial engineering programs for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).Dr. Schmahl has received numerous awards including an ASEE Outstanding Teaching Award and an Ohio Society of Professional Engineers Achievement Award. She is a charter member of the Epsilon Mu Eta, The Engineering Management Honor Society. She holds two patents and has had numerous publications.