Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Kate Gunderson and I’m a mechanical and aerospace engineer on a mission to encourage women to confidently thrive in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). I believe deeply in the importance for women to stay true to who they are and to celebrate their accomplishments and the successes of other women. I hope to use my stories to inspire others to chase their wildest dreams.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) and a Master’s in aerospace engineering specializing in structures from Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA).

One of the questions I get asked most often is how I scored my dream job before graduating from undergrad. I hope to answer this question, and many others you may have, through my various blog posts and FAQ section on this site. While in college I co-oped at GE Aviation, with the United States House of Representatives and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). I accepted a full-time job with NASA JSC’s Aircraft Operations Engineering Branch just prior to graduating from Georgia Tech. The group I work in maintains and performs upgrades to the Center’s fleet of more than 20 aircraft supporting various astronaut training activities and science missions that fly all over the world.

Photo Credit: Kyle Sudu Photography

Outside of engineering and aerospace, I am a fitness enthusiast. I enjoy weightlifting and running and in 2019 accomplished my goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon (something I never dreamt I was capable of). I highly value the traits of discipline, determination, and kindness and strive to live by these values in my everyday life. I love sharing about the exciting opportunities available to engineers, my health and fitness journey, and fashion and beauty. I can’t wait to get to know each other better. Thank you for being part of my journey!

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