Katherine is an OTREC/NITC transportation scholar. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She moved to Corvallis, Oregon with her family in 1981. She graduated from Iowa State University (ISU) with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Music. Her time at ISU was combined with education and work experience in the UK. After finishing at ISU in 2003, she returned to Oregon to begin her career as a Civil Engineer. From 2003 to 2009, Katherine worked as a Project Manager and Civil Engineer for HDJ Design Group, a consulting firm in Vancouver, Washington. She then spent 2009-2011 working as a Pavement Engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Katherine began work towards a Master's degree in Transportation Engineering in September 2011. She is currently working with Dr. Miguel Figliozzi as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory. Katherine is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the states of Oregon and Washington. Her research interests include freight (planning, modeling and performance measures), transportation emissions, and sustainable transportation systems. During her time at PSU she has held officer positions in PSU's Students in Transportation Engineering Planning (STEP) club and has been an active member of the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Portland Chapter. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, hiking, biking, yoga, gardening, reading and music.