Karen Roth

Karen Roth

Chief Engineer, Information Directorate
Air Force Research Lab

Ms. Karen Roth is the Chief Engineer, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY. The Information Directorate leads the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting information technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces. It consists of more than 800 military and civilian scientists, engineers, and administrative and support personnel pursuing a wide variety of research and development projects with an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion. Ms. Roth serves as the directorate’s technical engineering authority. She provides advice and counsel to the entire directorate on systems engineering and programmatic matters. In addition to her Engineering duties, she is the Directorate lead for open innovation and led the creation of the Innovare Advancement Center partnership and elevated the Information Directorate in the areas of partnerships, entrepreneurship, and education.

While at Sikorsky Aircraft, Ms. Roth was the security lead for the $1.2B Engineering Manufacturing and Design contract for the Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter. Her responsibilities included the secure execution of all Information Assurance and Program Protection requirements in pursuit of an Authority to Operate on the aircraft. During her previous tenure with AFRL’s Information Directorate, Ms. Roth served as a systems engineer for several programs throughout the Directorate to include the Selective Cyber Operations Technology Integration (SCOTI) Flagship program.


2017 Master of Business Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2010 Master of Engineering, Systems Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2006 Bachelor of Science, Software Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY


2018 – Present, Chief Engineer, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Rome, NY
2017 – 2018, Senior Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton, Rome, NY
2014 – 2017, Staff Systems Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT

2006 – 2014, Computer Engineer, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY


2020 Emerging Leader Award, Society of Women Engineers 2013 Distinguished New Engineer, Society of Women Engineers 2012 Leadership Mohawk Valley, Graduate
2009 Civilian Achievement Award, United States Air Force


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Society of Women Engineers – Society Board of Directors International Council on Systems Engineering
Rotary International