Meet Karen Allen
Title
Quality Assurance Manager

Expertise
Soil index testing
Advanced soil strength testing
Soil compressibility testing
Self-weight consolidation
USACE soil testing
ASTM, AASHTO, DEQ requirements


Location
Baton Rouge, LA

Hired
2015
Wanting a challenge, Karen left her retail job and responded to an ad for a soil technician that required no experience and offered on-the-job training. Thirty-five years later, she’s now GeoEngineers’ Quality Assurance Manager in Baton Rouge and brings extensive knowledge of ASTM, AASHTO and USACE standards. As Quality Assurance Manager, Karen ensures we perform all of our laboratory testing appropriately. She also reviews lab data for quality and accuracy, maintains equipment calibration and ensures we meet validation and certification standards. The people she works with drew her to this career path.

“Once I interacted with the engineers, I was hooked,” Karen said. “Every day I learn new things from the various people I work with. I enjoy teaching laboratory technicians and explaining to them what each test means and why we run them. I especially enjoy the quality portion of the job and the ability to ‘touch’ the entire testing process.”

When she’s not at work, Karen enjoys going to the movies, playing golf, and spending time with her long-haired Dachshund named Sir Harry Connick Allen.