Katherine Spies

Following undergraduate engineering studies, Kate was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps where her training focused on leadership and flying acumen. Kate’s early career as a pilot included experience flying over 3000 hours, leading more than 100 combat missions, and ultimately a selection to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School. As an experimental test pilot, Kate integrated aeronautical engineering, high-risk test and evaluation, and program management to guide Department of Defense acquisition decision-making. She bridged the gap from conception to employment of revolutionary new technologies. Kate’s research at Harvard is centered on smart materials, innovative design, and autonomous systems with a specialized focus on the electric-VTOL space. Outside of academia, Kate loves spending time on adventures, running, practicing yoga, reading quietly, and crafting savory vegan dishes.

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