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Karina Montilla Edmonds

Google Cloud University Relations Lead, Google

Ambassador

Karina Montilla Edmonds is a nationally recognized expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization. She has 20 years of experience working with the private sector, universities, and national laboratories across the country in the innovation space. Edmonds currently leads University Relations for Google Cloud AI/ML in Mountain View. Prior to this role, she served as Google Cloud University Relations Lead. Previously, Edmonds served as the Executive Director for Corporate Partnerships at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she was responsible for implementing and managing an integrated strategy with the private sector and major federal government funding agencies. 

Edmonds was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy as the first full-time Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in April 2010. In that role, Edmonds was responsible for working with the DOE’s national laboratories to accelerate the advancement of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. She has also held positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and TRW, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman). Edmonds has co-authored two patent applications in the area of noise reduction for the automotive environment.  

Edmonds has been a long-standing advocate for the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, especially for underrepresented students and women. She is a product of a STEM program herself and continues to serve as a role model and mentor to students across the country. She has been a keynote speaker, panelist, and awardee at innovation, clean energy, and STEM events across the country and has received numerous national recognition and awards. She has served as a member of the White House Speaker Bureau that promotes STEM careers to women and girls. Her advocacy for STEM spans several decades, including her role as a founding member and volunteer for Science is Fun Inc. while still an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island (URI). She currently serves on the boards of the URI Foundation, ConnectEd California, and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at University of California, Los Angeles. 

She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from URI, where she was inducted into its Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 2013. She holds an MS and PhD in Aeronautics with a minor in Materials Science from Caltech.