Karen Ray

EWD Project Engineer

Karen joined NCDMM/America Makes as the Education and Workforce Development Project Engineer in 2024, focusing on accelerating the additive manufacturing workforce through awareness, engagement, and education. 

 Before joining NCDMM/America Makes, Karen worked as a substitute teacher and career coach in the Madison School District in Alabama. There, she provided technical and STEM-related career coaching and guidance for high school students and led the district’s public relations initiatives to improve student awareness and recruitment. 

 Throughout her 15-year career, Karen has demonstrated workforce and education programming expertise. She has worked with universities, non-profit organizations, government, and curriculum development to support emerging talent working with unserved student populations. In these roles, she has used her business and administrative skills to create end-to-end strategies for job training, industry analysis, student retention, and beyond. 

 Karen holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Science in Project Management from the University of North Alabama, a Master of Science in Micro Credentials, Leadership, and Instructional Technology and Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from the University of Mississippi.