Katie Bechtold

Although I'm quiet and tend to live in my head, connecting with other people in a genuine, intimate way is one of the most fulfilling things in my life. I like to explore new social structures including Burning Man and hackerspaces, which I've found are great places for learning useful skills and meeting awesome people. Apropos of social structures, social justice is important to me, so I try to engage with issues of race, gender, disability, class, and other social justice issues within the geek/hacker/open source community as my time and ability allow. To that end, I'm working to organize an intersectional feminist hackerspace in the DC area.

My educational background is in computer science, and my technical interests include embedded systems, spacecraft communications, amateur radio, and open source everything. My less technical interests include weaving, science fiction, embroidery, participatory art, woodworking, spacecraft archaeology... in other words, too many to list. When it's temperate outside I like to go rock climbing, bicycling, or caving. I'm usually trying to learn about a dozen new things at the same time, reading a pile of books, and slowly progressing - or procrastinating - on countless personal projects.

  • Work
    • spacecraft ops and software
  • Education
    • M.S. Computer Science, 2005, The Johns Hopkins University