Meet CMU’s New Executive Director of Metro21: Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence

Karen Lightman is the executive director of Metro21, Carnegie Mellon University’s smart-city initiative. She is not an engineer — she holds an MS in public policy from Carnegie Mellon — but has expertise in commercializing academic research, building industry-based consortiums, and leading teams to explore market-based opportunities. Her background spans the consumer, military, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive sectors.