Karen Hyman has served as the Associate Director of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education since it was founded in 2008 as a College of Engineering initiative. She came to the University of Illinois in 2005, after serving in college admissions at the University of Chicago; working in the area of higher education marketing and research; and leading community organizations. Her education – from great teachers in classic texts - has inspired her passion for the liberal arts, and for strengthening humanities education. Her path began at the University of Chicago, where she earned her B.A. in General Studies in the Humanities and an M.A. from the Committee on Social Thought, an interdisciplinary graduate program. She is the author of “Oh the Humanities! Socrates, Aristotle, Dilbert and Humanistic Education in Engineering at the University of Illinois, published in M.F. Shaughnessy (Ed.) The Humanities in 2015: Why We Need Them and How They Contribute to Being Human.