Kathryn “Katie” Rouse came to CECS as a transfer student from the University of Virginia, and has been a student leaders in the College from her very first semester here. Katie is an active member of the Girls in Computer Science Chapter as well as the COMP UTC student organization. She serves as a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and is the volunteer coordinator of the College’s Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Program. As the Tutoring Program Coordinator, Katie recruits and schedules volunteers from each of the College’s programs to tutor our students in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering courses. Her work with Student Success Director Julie David in assisting her fellow students reflects her commitment to helping others, and provides an opportunity for her to further her leadership skills. A true “Renaissance Woman,” Katie also finds time to work part-time in the University’s Aquatics and Recreation Center (ARC) as a trip leader for UTC Outdoors. During the University’s upcoming Spring Break this March, she will lead a group of her fellow students on a backpacking trip to Arizona, with sites to include the Grand Canyon.
A senior Computer Science major, Katie is actively involved in research with Dr. Hong Qin, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Last semester she shared her research at the regional conference of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) held in Knoxville, TN. The ninth annual undergraduate research conference provided opportunities for undergraduates to present their research focusing on the interface of biology and mathematics. NIMBioS provides a platform for innovative undergraduate students to showcase work in areas combining computer science and statistical modeling with biological principles. Katie’s research with Dr. Qin addresses the effects of dietary restrictions on lifespan and genotype-dependent models.
Katie is a great example of the outstanding students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.