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Ready Fire Aim: RE-Wiring My Brain for N=ALL

Karen FiremanFireman & Associates
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Karen Fireman is the 2019 College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner. 


I grew up studying math under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping.  I’ve lived all over the world, I’ve had big jobs,…but all I ever wanted to do is Analyze Data.  What do you do, when you know DATA is your passion… watch me.


Karen Schreiber Fireman has over 25 years of experience in finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with a degree in computer engineering, a masters in math and an MBA. She has worked fortune 500 companies as well as small startup companies. Karen has held C-Suite positions including Chief Technology Officer of ManTechCyber, Chief Financial Officer of Columbus Properties, and Chief Compliance Officer of Columbia Partners.

Karen was Economist for BP-Amoco’s Gulf of Mexico Shelf, Assistant Vice President and Asset/Liability Officer of USF&G, Compliance Director of Freddie Mac, and Team Lead at NAVSEA. She is currently head of the External Advisory Board of the $100M data analytics initiative Michigan Institute of Data Science (MIDAS) and was the lead external board member of the NSF-funded FORCES Cyber Research group led by UC-Berkeley. Karen was also a board member of University of Michigan’s Engineering Alumni Board and was Vice Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Council from 2014-2018. She has been an Investment Board Member for several charitable endowments and has provided financial advice to multinational institutions and the city of Columbia, MD.

Karen has been published in Barron’s Proceedings, International Actuarial Association, Military Operations Research Society (MORS), and numerous other publications. She has been an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Towson State University, University of Baltimore, a teaching assistant at University of Michigan, and has spoken at finance conferences. She lives in Houston with her husband.

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