Katie is a Post Doctorate Researcher at UCLA in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). She works with the City of Los Angeles on water treatment and conservation issues to make our water use more efficient and our sewage and runoff more reusable.
Katie attended UC Berkeley and got a BS in Geology. She studied Earth Science and Spanish. Katie Mika then got a MS and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. She took classes in math, management, mechanics and water treatment. Her doctoral research focused on microbes in stormdrains that flow to Santa Monica Bay beaches.
Katie does a lot of data collection and research at UCLA. She learns something new every day. She loves her research team and partners. She loves engineering because it touches every field. Katie solves important problems such as identifying new sources of water, if we have enough water, and how to better manage our local drinking water and wastewater.
She wrote a paper on Stemming the Tide of Plastic Marine Litter: A Global Action Agenda