For over 4 years, Dr. Eng has focused on promoting girls and women with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. She has Board positions for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Illinois College of Optometry, and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Dr. Eng is also a Member of Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities for Office of the Governor of Illinois and sits on the Advisory Committee on Asian Americans for Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a Biochemistry and Biology degree, a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Eng has also participated in Kellogg School of Management, Tuck School of Business and Mendoza School of Business.
Most recently, she has spoken at the Export Import Bank of the United States regarding exporting back to China, and the Food and Drug Law Institute’s conference in Beijing. She has been a panelist for Senator Durbin’s U.S. Export seminar, North Park University Executive Director Boot Camp, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Chicago Globalization conference, and Working Mother Media’s Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit.
- 2013 Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame (UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies)
- 2011 Top 100 Executives Under 50 (Diversity MBA)
- 2011 Enterprising Woman of the Year (Enterprising Women Magazine)
- 2008 Asian Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year – Overall Winner (Asian Entrepreneur Magazine)
- 2007 Business Leader of Color (Chicago United)
WE USA Magazine (2016 article) Dr. Karen Eng taking CSMI into the future.
MBDA Helps Optometrist Create Vision for Engineering Firm MBDA US Department of Commerce, Press Room
Chicago Tribune Business Article Executive profile written by Erin Chan Ding, Special to the Tribune September 16, 2013: CSMI owner, CEO followed unusual path to the top.
Daily Herald Cook of the Week Article (2013 video) Cook revels in Chinese traditions, setting the mood when entertaining.
Crain’s Chicago Business Info Junkie (2013 article) An avid foodie with a science background, Karen Eng, 42, is president of Schaumburg-based CSMI, an engineering and design consulting firm with a focus on …
Generation STEM: What girls say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Empowering women is one area of community that Dr. Karen Eng is spearheading through the Girl Scouts Generation Stem Program. Through its partnerships, sponsorships and initiatives, Girl Scouts of the USA offers girls additional ways to access rich opportunities while they learn and have fun while applying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills.
Dr. Karen Eng, Playing with THE BIG BOYS written by Sade Muhammed for the Diversity MBA magazine, Leadership Issue 2012
Women in Leadership article written by Anne Ravanona, the founder and author of The Global Leadership Post 2012.
Small Business Summit at OCA Convention in Las Vegas written by Pat Loui, Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the US, for the White House Blog on the 2012 OCA National Convention.
Women in Business, Nihao Magazine Fall 2012.