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Karen Purcell, P.E. has written an article that appears in PE Magazine. As a society, we learn about the world and advance our well-being through science and engineering. The United States may be known around the world for its higher education, but compared to many other leading and steadily emerging countries we lack a strong focus… Read More


In this first of many articles to come, I wanted to welcome you to my blog and thank you for coming. My name is Karen Purcell and I am the author of Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Welcome to my blog! As the founder, owner, and… Read More


Karen Purcell, P.E. is founder, owner and president of PK Electrical. She has authored, ‘Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math’, available on 8/1/2012. Karen just wrote an article for Venture Beat discussing how to get more women in the technology field and why it is so important.  For the… Read More


 Karen Purcell, P.E. is founder, owner and president of PK Electrical. She has authored, ‘Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math’, available on 8/1/2012. Karen just wrote an article for the Huffington Post on why closing the gender gap in STEM fields is important.  For the full… Read More


According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial lighting can account for 15% to 50% (median of 35%) of a building’s annual energy consumption.  Outdoor lighting is included in that statistic and retrofits in conjunction with interior lighting retrofits can reduce that annual energy consumption by as much as 85%.  Outdoor lighting retrofits can be… Read More


“Just buy a bunch of light bulbs and get someone to install them”, this was my first experience with lighting retrofits.  This was also my first experience with the complexity of lighting choices, lighting design and complaints from the end users. Fifty buildings and 100 cases of CFL lamps later, what did I learn?  Success… Read More


The lighting industry has enjoyed a tremendous boom in available light sources, efficiency and technologies that make lighting retrofits a sure bet when it comes to saving energy.  Building owners now have new light sources and lighting controls such as LEDs, compact fluorescent, induction and hi-lumen fluorescent lamps to choose from as well as some… Read More


Here is a rare chance to join the region’s leading electrical engineering firm that is expanding! Do you take pride in the quality of work you produce? Do you enjoy and excel in a team environment? Do you want to grow yourself and your career to the next level? Responsibilities: Electrical design from start to finish of… Read More


PK Electrical, Inc.,  a business specializing in electrical engineering, received national certification  as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC’s national standard of certification  is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51%… Read More