Bio (Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst)
Kathy is a Mechanical Engineering Instructor at Camosun College. She received her BASc from UBC in 1987 specializing in aerodynamics and her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2007. At her 20 year UBC reunion, Kathy learned that all her female classmates had left engineering to work in other fields. Curious, Kathy launched her literature survey of gender and diversity issues in professional careers, exploring best practices that could be applied to improve gender balance in engineering. At three points, women are consciously turning away from engineering: at high school graduation; at university graduation; and after 7-12 years experience. Kathy is interested in researching educational philosophies and practices prevalent in high school and introductory university physics and math courses, and developing recommendations to increase diversity in engineering education and the profession. Kathy is a Councillor for APEGBC (the professional association for engineers and geoscientists), has served on a variety of educational and governance committees at Camosun College, and is music minister at St. Joseph the Worker Parish.