Katherine Laub

GSI Intern

Katherine is a junior Environmental Engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. Having grown up in Philadelphia, Katherine has always been driven to resolve environmental issues in urban environments in ways that will positively impact local communities. Her interest in watershed management and water quality issues began in high school when she worked as a Community Conservation Corps member of the Student Conservation Association in Valley Forge, PA, and continued when she participated in a week-long camping and canoeing expedition called Schuylkill Acts and Impacts to learn about the many environmental issues impacting the Schuylkill watershed.

Katherine came to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2016 with an undecided major until she discovered the field of Environmental Engineering. She has since become involved in the University of Pittsburgh chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, of which she will serve as secretary and treasurer for the 2018-2019 school year. Katherine’s interest in community engagement also landed her a position on the PittServes Student Civic Engagement Council in the Office of PittServes as a sophomore, through which she gained valuable experience working with community partners in the Pittsburgh area and mentoring and training younger students as the leader of the Service Leadership Committee.

This summer, Katherine was fortunate to participate in a brief study abroad program entitled ‘Engineering for Social Change in South Africa’ in which she spent one week in Johannesburg and one week in Cape Town learning about the social structures in place in South Africa and how diverse communities in South Africa are affected by engineering. Katherine is looking forward to spending the rest of the summer working as an intern for Grounded Strategies, focusing on messaging for and education about Green Stormwater Infrastructure, as well as interning at Nine Mile Run Watershed Association at which she will be doing water quality testing and helping out with educational summer camp activities.