Kate Youmans


Department of Civil and Systems Engineering

Kate Youmans serves as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Design Program in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and teaches design courses as a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty, Kate earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Utah State University with a focus on improving student success in engineering. Kate holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.Ed. in Science Education from Boston University.

Kate brings a broad perspective to her work, drawing from her experience designing surgical instruments in the medical device industry and leading diversity and outreach initiatives for MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach.  Using these experiences, Kate helped launch a K-12 charter school with 1300 students and developed innovative STEM programs in Design Thinking, Computer Science, and Robotics. As an engineering educator and researcher, she is passionate about breaking down barriers and transforming engineering into a more inclusive field. In addition, her teaching focuses on the implementation of authentic project-based learning to develop students’ 21st century skills such as collaboration and problem solving.

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