Karen Bartleson
Karen Bartleson

President, IEEE Standards Association;

Senior Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys, Inc.


Karen Bartleson has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, specifically in electronic design automation (EDA). She is the 2013-2014 President of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), whose mission is fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The IEEE-SA produces and maintains globally recognized standards, developed by more than 20,000 individuals worldwide. It offers over 1,100 active standards and sponsors over 500 active standards currently under development.

In 2012, the IEEE-SA, along with four organizations that provide standards that make the Internet work freely and openly, announced the “OpenStand” initiative for global, market-driven standards. Karen speaks on this and other standards-related topics at institutions and events around the world.

Karen is Senior Director of Community Marketing at Synopsys, Inc. Her primary responsibilities include initiatives and programs that increase customer satisfaction by developing communities - with social media and traditional channels - for standards, EDA interoperability, customer engagement, higher education, and research. She has served on numerous committees that create and govern technical standards.

One of the electronic design industry’s first bloggers, Karen is the author of “The Standards Game” blog. She has published numerous articles on topics about standards and universities. Her book, "The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards", was published in May 2010 and is available through Amazon and other outlets.

Prior to joining Synopsys, Karen was CAD manager at UTMC (United Technologies Microelectronics Center), responsible for the design system used to create high-reliability application-specific integrated circuits. Before that, she worked at Texas Instruments as logic analysis manager where she was responsible for the development and support of TI’s internal logic simulation products.

Karen was honored to be the recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Design Automation Achievement Award in 2003.




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