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Kate Fisher


Computational Engineering


Melissa, Texas and Grafton, Vermont

What aspect of computational engineering interests you most?

Computational engineering combines many of my interests: math, programming and physics. These tools can be used to solve problems in aerospace, geoscience, climate science and many other fields. Working on computational problems which are relevant to a range of fields gives me the opportunity to gain insight into the connections between different areas of science and engineering.

What has been your favorite computationally based project?

Through research, I have had some great opportunities to work on computational projects. One of my projects involves predicting the motion of an object in space by computing changes in rotation at shorter time intervals than the changes in translation. The idea is that this strategy will be more efficient than solving both problems at every time interval. Last summer, I worked on a multifidelity estimation project. Multifidelity methods combine predictive models which are accurate and time consuming with less accurate but much faster models in order to achieve fast and accurate results. 

How do you plan to use your COE degree in the future?

I plan to continue my studies in graduate school. Eventually, I want to be a researcher in computational science, so what I am learning now is definitely an important foundation for my future.

If you participated in study abroad, please include a brief description about your experience.

The summer after my freshman year, I spent four weeks in Toulouse, France and one week in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Dynamics Maymester program. I enjoyed navigating new cities and all the beautiful architecture. We also had plenty of opportunities for independent travel. I definitely recommend the experience.

Where is your favorite place to study?

The UT Life Science Library has a great atmosphere for studying.