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Meet Karin.

DEEPLY CURIOUS.

Living my Dream Job… 

  • Makes full use of my technical and management skills
  • Encompasses cyber-physical systems @ the intersection of robotics, AI, IoT, edge computing, controls and people
  • Is intellectually challenging
  • Is dynamic – if status quo is what you need, I’m not the right fit!
  • Is international and may take me to remote regions
  • Has a positive, sustainable impact on planet Earth

When I’m Not Working…

  • Science & engineering fun projects
  • Flying airplanes
  • Aikido… meditation and martial art
  • Foster care for Siberian Huskies
  • Search & rescue, disaster relief
  • Philanthropy – STEM, environment & sustainability, women/girls

Learning Never Stops…

  • UC Berkeley and UCSF – Biomedical Engineering, Robotics and Controls (Ph.D.)
  • University of California Berkeley – Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
  • MIT – EECS (S.B.) and Molecular Biology (S.B.)
  • Haas School of Business – Global Bio-Executive Program (certificate)
  • UCSC Silicon Valley – Embedded Systems (certificate)
  • deeplearning.ai – Deep Learning
  • Ongoing – any time, anywhere, by any means available
Work

Work.

RECENT PROJECTS.

Experience

Work Skills.

TECHNOLOGY. GLOBAL. MANAGEMENT.

I am most effective when multiple disciplines, technical and non-technical, physical and virtual, become entangled.
01. SUBJECT MATTER.
  • Engineering: hardware + software products
  • Embedded systems: design and control
  • Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and applications
  • Applications in energy / clean tech, medical, and financial industries
02. FUNCTIONS.
  • R&D (hardware design, embedded systems, analytics), Product Strategy, Presque (current)
  • CEO, VP Engineering, CTO, VP Products
  • Agile management of on- and off-shore engineering teams
  • Deployment of technologies in new markets (global)
  • Opening new markets – local operations, product adaptation to meet new market needs, local partnership development
  • Non-profit and for-profit (private) board of directors
  • CEO of C-level advisory and interim executive company, Taku Group
  • Managing Member of global IT /technology consulting firm, Taku International (with Quanto Group)
03. COMPANIES & ORGANIZATIONS.
  • Worked in / with organizations from > 30 countries
  • 100s of companies and government agencies from all continents – except Antarctica!
  • Global and large domestic companies such as E.ON Group, Arctech Solar, Visa USA, and others
  • Research institutions such as Lawrence Livermore National Lab, C.S. Draper Lab, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, SRI, University of California
Skills

Skills.

INTERDISCIPLINARY. AGILE.

ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT 100%
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 100%
AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT 94%
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH & GERMAN 100%

Please click here to see the book, “Zukunftsorientierte Unternehmenssteuerung in der Energiewirtschaft“(pub 2015 by Springer Verlag), in which I co-authored a chapter.

LANGUAGES: SPANISH 78%
COMPUTATIONAL MODELING 90%
ANALYTICS, CONTROLS 94%
EXPLORATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES 100%

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS + UNCHARTED TERRITORY = RESULTS.

Engagements

Services.

You…

  • Develop or need technology-enabled products
  • Can benefit from automation, embedded systems, or IoT deployment
  • Are well-established
  • Already have or have plans for a multi-national footprint
  • Are in transition, whether growing rapidly or dealing with the realities of a dynamic market

Need…

PRODUCT OR PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

Agile product design and development to introduce your products into a new market

VIRTUAL CONTINUUM.

To develop and implement a strategy for the continuum of the physical and virtual worlds

INTERIM MANAGEMENT.

To help your company thrive in difficult transitions, particularly those pertaining to technology development or deployment

EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS.

Someone to develop or deploy technologies in extreme environments or highly unusual situations, whether domestic or global

Support

  • Part- or full-time management engagements
  • Board of directors or advisory board participation
  • Specific projects
  • Strategy advising
  • Speaking and training

Please contact me for a complimentary conversation to see whether we are a good fit.

Updates

Updates.

Welcome to my blog. I’ll mainly focus on topics and projects that pull together some of my technical interests and/or mental models of how I view the world.

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Clients

Clients.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

“Able to relate to multiple audiences of differing talents… What we mean is that [Karin] can relate to the business people as well as the techies… and, finally, not condescending around us ignorami.”

K. LEWIS

“I have met numerous successful, and not-so-effective CEOs…. the best ones shine in the following areas: strong motivation, excellent leadership ability, organizing savvy, dedication to the work, “out of the box” creativity, and an unflinching determination to find solutions. Karin has mastered all of these skill sets and attributes.”

V. M. BRIGGS

“Karin helped us in improving our business and project management processes, from even before project start (in developing proposals), to managing the software development process, to delivery of final product. All her recommendations have been very constructive and helped us avoid being in a bad situation when delivering, as we had previously experienced. She is very clear on her advice and guidance.”

J.C. HERRERA

GET IN TOUCH

Contact.

LET’S TALK.

Operating in an ever-changing environment has enabled me to solve complex, multi-faceted problems; to build trust among diverse audiences; and to continually find better ways of doing things, often integrating seemingly unrelated areas. Rather than focusing on the “obvious”, I look to underlying causes to develop effective solutions.

If you have a problem that you think I may be able to help with or you just want to get in touch, please contact me!