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Karen Lobdell

Karen Lobdell

Engineering finance head | Rolls-Royce | Class of 1986

The head of engineering finance at Rolls-Royce can sum up her most vivid Illini memories in six scents.

South Farms on a windy day. Stale beer wafting from the bars on Daniel Street. Old books in the Stacks. The shoes of her roommate (who worked in dorm food services).

And then there are the pleasant aromas Karen Lobdell (BS ’86) can still smell: “Papa Del’s pizza and fresh-popped popcorn at the Illini Orange snack bar.

“Diverse and stimulating to say the least,” she says.