Katie grew up in Columbus, Ohio and earned her BS in Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2015. She then went onto a PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge (completed in 2019) as a Cambridge Trust scholar, working with Prof. Julian Allwood on end-of-life steel recycling. She is now a postdoctoral researcher in the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium helping to develop cross-sector strategies to decarbonize the global economy. Achievements she is particularly proud of include receiving the Goldwater scholarship, authoring the Top Policy paper in Environmental Science and Technology (2017), and working with a team to extract copper and iron from ore using only electricity in Professor Antoine Allanore’s lab. She is a third-generation metallurgist and wants to spend her career improving the management of Earth’s resources.