Karen D. Hagedorn

Karen Hagedorn

B.S.P.G.E. 1987
Recovery Technology Supervisor, ExxonMobil Upstream Research

Dr. Karen D. Hagedorn earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1986. She earned the degree in three years with highest honors, and her subsequent educational and career paths have remained equally impressive.

While at the university, Karen was involved in many extracurricular activities, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Delta Gamma sorority. In recognition of her academic achievements, she was elected to Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, Pi Epsilon Tau, the petroleum engineering honor society, and Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, leadership, and service. As a senior, Karen was one of five finalists for University Sweetheart, and at graduation she was recognized by the Cactus Yearbook as an Outstanding Student and by the College of Engineering with the Outstanding Scholar / Leader Award.

After graduation from UT Austin, Karen earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. Soon after, she joined Exxon Company, USA's Alaska Interest Group in the production department in Houston and worked on a variety of reservoir engineering projects related to Prudhoe Bay. In 1995, she transferred to Anchorage, Alaska, where she continued to work on projects related to Prudhoe Bay and other Exxon Alaskan interests. While in Anchorage, she served on the advisory board for the University of Alaska--Fairbanks Department of Petroleum Engineering and began volunteer work in the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) shelter, an agency aiding women and children dealing with domestic violence. In 1998, Karen was awarded the

Young Member Outstanding Service Award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, recognizing her service to SPE and to the shelter.

In 2000 Karen was reassigned to ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, where she became involved in field testing methods for improving oil recovery from underground reservoirs. In 2003, she was promoted to her current position, research supervisor of the Recovery Technology Section in the Reservoir Division. She is responsible for the development and application of improved recovery technologies for ExxonMobil's worldwide operations.

In addition to her formal duties with ExxonMobil, Karen is involved in several related professional activities. She has served on a number of committees for the Society of Petroleum Engineers including the community service, editorial review, nominating and Distinguished Service Award committees. She is currently the ExxonMobil engineering recruiting team captain for Stanford University. Karen was also one of the first members of the Women in Engineering Program Advisory Committee at UT Austin and a benefactor to Friends of Alec and UT Austin.

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