Karen M. Haberstroh is a Lecturer in Engineering and the Associate Director of Engineering Programs at the School of Professional Studies at Brown University. Prior to joining Brown, she served as an assistant professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. Her degrees are in biomedical engineering from Brown University (Sc.B., 1995) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1996; Ph.D., 2000). Prof. Haberstroh's research addresses the use of novel nano-structured polymeric materials in soft tissue engineering applications. In addition to her research accomplishments, Dr. Haberstroh is dedicated to engineering and science education, and especially focuses on novel methods of education geared towards increasing the percentages of females and minorities in various physical science fields. Finally, she has worked to build connections between the Providence Public School system and Brown University, so that students in the rising generation might consider futures in science.