Southern Methodist University
Director of SMU Maker Education Project
Katie is the director of the SMU Maker Education Project at the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. Previously at SMU, she directed the Deason Innovation Gym, the Lyle School’s makerspace.
Before directing the Deason Innovation Gym, Katie was most recently working to bring design thinking to K12 education at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design (d.school) at Stanford University. During her time at the K12 Lab Network at the d.school, Katie contributed to a diverse array of projects, including a mobile maker education initiative called SparkTruck, a series of introductory and advanced design thinking workshops for educators, school-based design projects and School Retool, a principal professional development program designed in collaboration with IDEO and the Hewlett Foundation.
Recently, Katie has brought the SparkTruck project to SMU to further her work in developing maker-based instructional strategies to support teachers authentically integrating maker-based learning experiences into their classrooms. Called the SMU Maker Education Project, Katie is partnering with Professor Rob Rouse of the Simmons School of Education to develop these materials.
Faculty for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, 2018 – present