RISE home page
Return to Student Directory

Atwater, Katherine

Katherine Atwater
Material Science and Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

For my first year I am focusing on research in the RISE program. I chose research so that I may further develop my skills in a laboratory setting while getting to know faculty and graduate students better. I wanted to explore the research aspect of Material Science to learn more about myself and what I want to achieve in my future career.

View My Power Point Presentation

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

For my second year I want to focus on entrepreneurship in the RISE program. I chose entrepreneurship because I want to help bridge the gap between academic research and industrial product development. I believe the networking and product development experience will benefit both me and the university as a whole.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

Currently, I am the Sisterhood Committee Head for Alpha Omega Epsilon, the engineering sorority. In addition, I am an Honors Ambassador for the Honors College, a local and national member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and in the process of joining Tau Beta Pi, the honors engineering fraternity. In my spare time I play intermural co-ed soccer. I am also attending the Engineering Alternative Spring break this year where I will be helping to build houses in Aberdeen, North Carolina with other engineering students.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

My coolest engineering experience is being able to complete excited research on and off campus. I have helped determine grain size and preferred grain growth in Fe-Ga alloys, used lasers to induce crystallization in chalcogenide, SbSI glass, and am now working to improve the electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells. Completing research on campus and in the summer at Lehigh University has allowed me to “get my hands dirty” and utilize the techniques learned in my undergraduate classes.