Dr. Karen Butler-Purry is the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies (APGPS) at Texas A&M University, a position she has held since 2010. In addition, she is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, having served at all faculty levels, beginning with an appointment as visiting assistant professor of electrical engineering in 1994.
Dr. Butler-Purry has vast experiences in graduate education as a faculty member, administrator, researcher, and program leader. She served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering 2001-2004, and as Associate Department Head in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department 2008-2010. Further, she has directed several fellowship and education projects promoting recruitment, retention and advancement of graduate students in STEM fields. Additionally, she has served in many capacities on committees for the college, university, and professional societies.
Dr. Butler-Purry developed a successful research program with funding from federal agencies such as NSF and ONR, and industry funding from electric utility companies. She has supervised and funded more than 40 graduate and 65 undergraduate research students.