Catherine Ross

Catherine Ross

Project Engineer, K2M, Inc
Arlington, VA

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Biography

Since I was young I always enjoyed math and science. However, my real passion was to become a ballet dancer. I actually progressed fairly far into my dance career until I was told that I had scoliosis (a curved spine) and I was going to need back surgery. After multiple surgeries I was no longer able to perform some of the flexible moves required to be a professional dancer and decided to change my path. I talked with my AP Calculus teacher in high school about what I should do and he recommended engineering. I decided to go to Virginia Tech and I got my degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics (where the biomedical option at Virginia Tech resided when I was an undergraduate). I also ended up getting a second degree in Mathematics because I loved my math classes so much. Virginia Tech was a wonderful experience for me. I was able to perform research about scoliosis as an undergraduate, I became president of the Society of Women Engineers at VT, and I started a chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority. All of these things were unspeakably helpful when finding a job. After I graduated, I decided to work for a company called K2M, Inc. K2M's mission is to develop and deliver technological innovations which enable surgeons to more effectively treat the world's most complex spinal disorders. I have an exciting and challenging job every day and one that really allows me to impact others' lives just as I was through my own back surgery. I also am an active volunteer in the community. I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on the Family Selection committee which is extremely rewarding. I am also still very active with my sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon. Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social sorority founded in 1983 that promotes friendship, leadership, and professionalism to all members of the organization, the community, and our professions. It is really the best organization that I joined as an undergraduate and it continues to be the most rewarding volunteering experience I participate in as an alumna. If you have ever wanted a group of friends who felt like family and know exactly what you are going through being in a tough, male dominated industry, Alpha Omega Epsilon is for you! Please contact me with any questions about my career or volunteer work. I love to help out female engineers and scientists find their way in the world!

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Education
B.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech 2006 B.S. Mathematics, Virginia Tech 2006 M.S. Biomedical Technology Development & Management, Georgetown University and Virginia Tech 2011
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
  • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
  • I am willing to conduct a video interview with an interested student for posting on the website.
  • I am willing to participate in a conference call with a group of interested students who would like to know about my career.