The Michigan Engineer News Center

In Memoriam: CEE Alumna and Triathlon Champion Karen McKeachie

Karen McKeachie (MSECE ’78) passed away on August 26, 2016. | Short Read

Karen McKeachie (MSECE ’78) was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on August 26, 2016. She was a champion and a pioneer in the triathlon world and an enthusiastic supporter and organizer of racing events, including many in Michigan.

McKeachie is credited with using her engineering knowledge to have designed the first-ever female-specific triathlon bicycle saddle.

She has innumerable impressive athletic accomplishments, including being a seven-time triathlon world champion, a 17-time triathlon national champion and she was inducted in the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014.

Tom Demerly, who has written extensively about triathlons and cycling, published a summary of many of McKeachie’s accomplishment on the website.

The outside of the Ford Robotics building

U-Michigan, Ford open world-class robotics complex

The facility will accelerate the future of advanced and more equitable robotics and mobility | Medium Read