Kathryn Fox '03
Young Alumni Achievement Award 2015Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground Station, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and ServicesDenver, CO
Kathryn Fox graduated from Casady in 2003. At Casady, she had passions for academics and athletics. She played varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball and was the captain for both volleyball and softball. She was captivated by chemistry, physics and calculus. One of the biggest lessons Ms. Fox learned from Casady was persistence and willingness to tackle any problem.
Casady prepared her for pursuing an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she received an electrical and computer engineering degree. Ms. Fox played on the NCAA Division III volleyball team and was captain her senior year. She also joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority to become more involved in the campus community. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which gave her the opportunity to take a robotics class completely taught in Spanish.
After college, Ms. Fox accepted a job with Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. During her seven years in Tucson, she worked on multiple missile programs including Standard Missile, unmanned vehicles and advanced missile development. Kathryn specialized in flight termination systems (FTS) that are used to test new capabilities of missiles on Air Force test ranges. The FTS is in charge of terminating a flight in case of an issue, collecting extra data and maintaining additional tracking capability. She was the liaison with the Air Force Range Safety Officers and reported directly to the Air Force and Navy. Some of her major assignments were designing circuit card assemblies to be the brains of an FTS, integrating the FTS and other electronic sub-assemblies into a missile, and supporting flight tests on Air Force test ranges.
In 2014, Ms. Fox transferred to Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services in Denver, Colorado. She is working on the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground Station (JPSS CGS) that supports environmental sensing satellite missions. This is a polar orbiting satellite with ground stations located in the Arctic and Antarctic. Kathryn has had the opportunity to visit McMurdo Station, Antarctica, twice and the northernmost city in the world, Longyearbyen, Svalbard.