Education & Certifications
MSEE, University of Houston
BS Physics, Northern Arizona University
iNARTE certified EMC Engineer
Ford Motor Company (May 2016 - Present)
Senior EMC engineer. Responsible for ensuring components are tested properly as well as signing off vehicle level EMC requirements.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (Feb 2015 - March 2016)
Senior EMC engineer in the Product Quality testing lab.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (Feb 2014 - Sept 2014)
Lead EMC Engineer for the Dream Chaser spacecraft. Coordinating with design teams to ensure the best possible electromagnetic compatibility and lightning protection.
NASA Johnson Space Center for L-3 Communications (2009-2014)
Worked for the pyrotechnic and power systems groups before joining the EMC group full-time in 2011. Lead EMC engineer for NASA oversight of the European Service Module for the Orion project.
Northrop Grumman (2001 - 2008)
Worked on signal processing algorithms for radar data for several years. Later transferred to work on combat wireless network systems and was made a group lead.
JSC-66496 “NASA Standard Initiator (NSI) Radio Frequency (RF) and Lightning Sensitivity Test Report.” Karen Burnham, Robert C. Scully, John D. Norgard. February, 2013.
“NASA Standard Initiator Susceptibility to UHF and S-Band Radio Frequency Power and Lightning Strikes.” Karen Burnham, Robert C. Scully, John D. Norgard. Proceedings of 2013 EMC Symposium in Denver, CO.
JSC-66637 “Analysis of NASA Standard Initiator (NSI) Radio Frequency (RF) Susceptibility in a C-17 Electromagnetic Environment for the Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) Drop Tests.” Karen Burnham, Robert C. Scully. October, 2013.
JSC-66640 “Induced Currents and Voltages from Indirect Lightning Strikes in Cable Harness Suspended Above Composite Panel.” Karen Burnham. October 2013.
“Pyrotechnic Systems in Aerospace Applications,” Karen Burnham. Chapter 6 in Handbook of Aerospace Electromagnetic Compatibility, ed. Dr. Reinaldo J. Perez. IEEE/Wiley Press (2018).