Katherine currently works in the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Division in Washington DC. While working for Aircraft Certification, Katherine developed human factors policy and guidance for human factors aspects of flight deck technologies. She also contributed to policy and projects for new technologies – DataComm, weather, and Enhanced and Synthetic Flight Vision Systems – and coordinated research in defining the minimum performance standards.

Previously, Katherine was a Senior Human Performance Investigator within Aviation Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board. She also served as Special Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Board in cross-modal accident investigation and preparing presentations top promote safety recommendations and system safety within industry. Previously, she worked at NASA LaRC’s Aviation Safety Branch, and in the Department of Engineering for both the University of Maryland and the University of Iowa, as a principal investigator for research for emerging aviation technologies, and in the development of metrics for crew resource management training.

Academic achievements, certificates and licenses

  • PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Iowa
  • As a captain in the Civil Air Patrol, she serves as a flight instructor (instrument, aircraft single and multi-engine, land and sea).