WILLCOX Karen Elizabeth

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017
For services to aerospace engineering and education.  Professor Karen Willcox is Co-Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Computational Engineering and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  Professor Willcox has been a member of the faculty at MIT for 15 years and previously worked at Boeing Phantom Works with the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft design group. Her research at MIT has produced methods that are widely applied in aircraft system design and environmental policy decision-making. She is co-Chair of the MIT Online Education Policy Initiative and Chair of the MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Board. From 2013 to 2014 she was co-Chair of the Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education. She is a recognised innovator in the United States and received a First in the World Department of Education grant in 2015. She regularly returns to New Zealand where she has held visiting professor positions at the University of Auckland, most recently in 2016, is an active contributor to outreach efforts of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, and delivers presentations to school students to nurture interest in mathematics and science, particularly among young women. Professor Willcox is a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Engineering at the University of Auckland and served on the Board of the New England Chapter of Kea.

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit