MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Karen Buck


Karen, Manager of Workforce Initiatives, including the Center’s Manufacturing Leadership Institute (MLI), our signature leadership course for executives and emerging leaders.

Karen is also responsible for outreach activities such as National Manufacturing Day events and industry facility tours that support regional STEM initiatives in partnership with non-profits, school districts, colleges, and economic development organizations.

Karen is responsible for program development and delivery of MRC’s STEM initiatives that include the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Student Video Contest and the Pennsylvania Dream Team of young manufacturing professionals.

Karen is the state-wide program manager for the national Dream It. Do It. brand for Pennsylvania. ( She is a frequent speaker for school districts, industry consortiums, conferences on the topics of STEM education, manufacturing, and workforce programs. To date, Karen has worked with more than 50 regional school districts, 100 local companies, and over 3,000 regional students.

Karen is highly organized and systematical. She approaches most challenges with her experience in problem solving and with highly proficient people skills. As a woman who studied and practiced engineering and who has invested in the next generation, initiating and managing awareness programs about manufacturing careers in the Lehigh Valley school districts, this has become her mission.

Karen is a Mechanical Engineer with industry experience in a manufacturing environment at Bosch Rexroth coupled with twelve years of experience in non-profit fundraising, direct work with high school and college students, and leadership training. Karen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

Contact Karen:
(610) 442-4866