Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy,
received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a MEng (1991),
a PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and an MBA (2007), all from Cornell University.
Karen has held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-
electronic packaging as a research and then senior research scientist, most recently working in
early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to
identify and help implement new growth opportunities in both wired (fiber, cable and
connectivity) and wireless. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains,
with a current emphasis on the Internet of Things, smart manufacturing and 5G.
Dr. Matthews has authored numerous publications and patents and is a member of several
technical and professional organizations. She has served as Corning’s Executive Board member
of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies
(CDAIT) – sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group
therein. Most recently, she has been invited as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist and open
forum discussion leader at various 5G, Internet of Things and smart manufacturing conferences.
She was also the Chair of the OFC 2020 N5 Market Watch, developing the programming for
Market Watch, Network Operators Summit and Data Center Summit, and continues as an active
subcommittee member for 2021.