Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering last name S-Z
Where did you go to college?
I am a Cal bear through and through! Go Bears!
How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
I re-joined the College of Engineering in October 2018. I have been on campus as a student and then a staff member since 2007.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Meeting with students is definitely my favorite part. I like to get to know my students beyond their academics and support them as they navigate college. Whether it’s a quick question about a requirement, finding the best cheap place to eat, having a more in depth conversation about what’s going on in their life, or introducing them to a new resource/community on campus, I am always happy to make time to meet with my students.
What advice do you have for students?
College is filled with opportunities for both personal and academic growth that shape the trajectory of your life. I encourage you to make meaningful connections, take advantage of the resources at your disposal, stay curious, ask questions, and push yourself out of your comfort zone. You belong here and there are plenty of people (including me) who are here for you and want you to have a successful college experience.
What is the most unusual job you’ve had?
In college, I was a test subject for the Optometry clinic on campus. This one time, I was paid $60 to wear contacts and sleep in Minor Hall overnight.
What are your favorite TV Shows?
There are so many! Game of Thrones, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, The West Wing, New Girl, Dear White People, Firefly, Ballers, Empire, Suits, HIMYM, Happy Endings, and of course, This is Us.
What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
As a French Canadian, it would be wrong to not include Celine Dion (I have seen her Vegas show twice!). I also like a variety of other music such as: Alicia Keys, Gavin Degraw, 90s and 00s pop, Aloe Blacc, Eric Hutchinson, Whitney Houston, Charlie Puth, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, and most things on 97.3.
Catherine’s pronouns are she/her/hers, be sure to share yours with her.