Prof. Penn has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from the Hebrew University. Her M.Sc. and Ph.D. are in Operations Research, from the Technion. After graduation, in 1988, she spent two years as a visiting assistant professor in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration of The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and since 1992 she is at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion
At the Technion Prof. Penn has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Combinatorial Optimization, Statistics, Probability, Logistics, Integer Programing and Discrete Mathematics. She was the head of the students-faculty committee at the Technion and in IE&M she served as the Operations Research area head and as the advanced studies coordinator.
Prof. Penn has been a member of the ORSIS (The Israeli Operations Research Society) council since 2003 and served as ORSIS treasurer and president.