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Karen Braun

Associate Director CIS

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

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54 Lomb Memorial Dr. Rochester, NY 14623-5603

Karen Braun

Associate Director CIS

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science


Karen is the Associate Director for the Center for Imaging Science, where she received her PhD in 1996. She is the proud recipient of the RIT Golden Brick Award (2022), the College of Science Leadership Award (2023), and nominee for Staff Council Presidential Award (2022).


In the meantime, she was a color scientist and area manager at Xerox for 20 years, volunteering with the Xerox Science Consultant Program, FIRST Lego League, and United Way Day of Caring. She received the Rochester Business Journal's Forty Under 40 award.

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Full Patent
Wayman, Elizabeth D. and Karen M. Braun. "Method and apparatus for providing healthier food purchase suggestions to a shopper." U.S. Patent 9812022. 7 Nov. 2017.

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
Freshman Imaging Project I is the first of a two-course sequence. Through the exploration of concepts in physics, mathematics, and computer science, students will experience the creation of a system to address a contemporary technological need through the application of the principles of the scientific method. With the help of faculty and staff from different departments across campus, as well as external experts, students will plan and organize the effort, review current literature applicable to the posed technical challenge, apply hypotheses to address presented scientific questions, conduct experiments to assess technology options, integrate components to create a prototype, and confirm that the prototype and methods meet desired levels of performance. The students will develop a working knowledge of the scientific method and an appreciation for the value of teamwork in technical disciplines, develop the skills required to execute a large project, and increase proficiency in oral and written technical communication.
3 Credits
Freshman Imaging Project II is the second of a two-course sequence aimed at designing, developing, and building a functional imaging system that will be useful to a “real world” external constituency to achieve its technical goals. With help from faculty and staff from imaging science and other departments across campus, the unified team of students will plan and organize the effort, assess technology options, integrate components, and confirm that the system meets desired levels of performance. Students will develop a general understanding of the foundational concepts of imaging science, a working knowledge of the principles of systems engineering, an appreciation for the value of teamwork in technical disciplines, and practice oral and written technical communication. In this second course of the sequence, students proceed with construction and testing of their system that was designed in COS-IMGS-181.

In the News

  • July 29, 2023

    Group of students in imaging science

    RIT hosts first AEOP apprentice with imaging science department

    Rochester Institute of Technology’s imaging science department is collaborating with the Army Educational Outreach Program Apprenticeships and Fellowship for the first time this summer to provide high school seniors with a paid experience to learn about the discipline through innovation and research.

  • May 1, 2020

    student wearing sunglasses highlights paper under colorful light.

    First-year students develop imaging system to study historical artifacts

    A multidisciplinary team of first-year students has been working to develop an imaging system that can reveal information hidden in historical documents for their Innovative Freshmen Experience project-based course. But with the shift to remote classes, the students left campus with the device nearly complete. Although disappointed, they shifted focus to the opportunities the new situation would create.

  • March 31, 2020

    Karen Braun.

    Alumni Update: Returning to guide the next generation of imaging scientists

    Karen Braun had a clear picture of what she wanted to do with her life at a young age. As Braun grew up, she developed a wide variety of interests including photography, psychology, and physics. She ultimately found a new cross-disciplinary Ph.D. program in imaging science at RIT that let her pursue those interests all at once.