Katie Kirk earned a B.Sc. in Science of Earth Systems with a concentration in Ocean Sciences from Cornell University. She went on to earn a Master of Engineering in Ocean Sciences & Technology in a joint program between Cornell University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Since graduation, Katie has participated in various oceanographic research cruises and worked as the Lead Engineer of the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. Katie currently works as an Oceanographer for NOAA National Ocean Service's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) on the Coastal and Estuarine Circulation Analysis Team (CECAT) and Storm QuickLook team. On CECAT, she primarily works as a project lead of current surveys along the coastal U.S. in an effort to update the tidal current predictions. Katie supports the QuickLook team by generating products that provide near real-time oceanographic and meteorological observations during storm events. Katie will continue working in her role with NOAA CO-OPS while pursuing a Ph.D. in Oceanography at UNH as an advisee to Dr. Tom Lippmann.