Green Festival Speakers

Karen Pearson

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Karen Pearson is an Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics at the Fashion Institute of Technology/ SUNY and the Director of TechFIT, a National Science Foundation grant: Advancing Technical Education (ATE) project (number 1003034). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Clark University and Doctorate degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Washington State University. Prior to joining the FIT faculty in 2004, she was on the research staff at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center.


Dr. Pearson’s teaching at FIT lead to the receipt of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in teaching. Additionally she was awarded a grant of 150,000 dollars from the National Science Foundation: Advancing Technical Education (ATE). The award promotes “thinking green” across the college focusing on the development of introductory science curriculum to better prepare FIT’s graduates to meet industry demands for the design, development and manufacture of green and sustainable products including textiles, toys, home products, cosmetics and packaging.