Katherine Aidala

Mt. Holyoke College

Katherine Aidala is the Kennedy-Shelkunoff Professor of Physics Professor of Physics and Director of the Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab at Mount Holyoke College. She completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in applied physics and psychology at Yale University in 2001, and received her PhD in applied physics from Harvard University in 2006. She is an APS Fellow, received the 2020 APS Prize for a Faculty Member for Research at an Undergraduate Institution, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award in 2010, and was named a Cottrell Scholar of 2009 by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. She teaches a seminar course on Gender in Science, and is the founder of SciTech Café, holding monthly events that bring scientists into an informal setting to discuss their work with the general public.