As the Executive Director of the Bee Informed Partnership and the University of Maryland Honey Bee Lab Project Manager, Karen Rennich is based out of the University of Maryland’s Entomology Department. She works closely on all aspects from tech team members, diagnostic lab, IT team, other organizations throughout the U.S. and the BIP Board. She gets to tackle everything from data analysis to field work and all jobs in between to keep BIP’s goals in sight and to keep the organization moving forward. She has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. She designed and worked on large, underwater Navy sensor systems while she was employed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for 14 years. She has been a beekeeper for 11 years and manages 10 colonies at home and 8 chickens.