Katie Doran

Seattle, WA, US
Field of Work 
Computer Science
Job Title or "Student" 
Program Manager II
UNC Charlotte / NC State
Computer Science
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I’m a Program Manager II at Microsoft on the HoloLens. Before joining Microsoft as a full-time employee a little over two years ago, I had completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and was pursuing a PhD. I had internship experiences in UNC Charlotte’s Games + Learning Lab, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and Microsoft Research and was a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow at NASA Headquarters in DC.

Throughout school, my work focused around education, gaming, and computer science outreach – everything from making games to promote exercise to teaching others how to make games and coordinating events for playing games. In my current role as a PM, I get to handle the human-side of computer science. Rather than writing or testing code, I get to work closely with developers, testers, architects, designers, marketers, and business teams to ensure the project and all of its components are fully designed and that those designs are then implemented in time and in budget. It’s my dream job, because Computer Science really is all about people – not just code.

Even outside of work, I love to be on a computer. I still make time to code, usually on small scale game and app projects. I also play a lot of games on every platform – PC, Xbox, Wii, Mobile Games, and even board and card games. I also love to read anything and everything I can get my hands on (new book suggestions are always welcome!), playing with my two cats, cooking, or working out (I’m training for my first marathon).

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re one of the only women in a class or on a team, especially when people express doubts about your ability or your motives for being there. Some days, it would feel like, as a woman, I didn’t have a place in Computer Science – luckily I’ve had women mentors in my career who are living proof that women can be successful computer scientists. I’m a FabFem because I want to provide the same kind of inspiration and motivation that my mentors provided me to other young women interested in STEM fields!

Pets, Computing, Reading, Video games, Travel, Sports, Acting, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Evenings, Weekends
Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Microsoft, NGCP Collaborative FabFem
Other Interests 
Working Out, Cooking/Food, Card/Board Games, Programming

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