About Me

My name is Katherine Atwell and I am a first-year computer science PhD student at the University of Pittburgh, where I am conducting research in Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science under Dr. Malihe Alikhani. I previously attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I attained a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Mathematics.

Regarding past research and internship experience, in the summer of 2017 I worked as an research intern for Iowa State University and in the summers of 2018 and 2019 I interned for Google, the first summer as an Engineering Practicum intern and the second summer as a Software Engineering intern. My first summer, I worked closely with two other interns to design the UI and UX for a piece of software that simplifies the number of steps required for Traffic Incident Managers in Iowa. The paper that we helped co-write was published in the conference proceedings of the HFES 2018 conference. The following two summers, I developed a User Interface for an internal tool at YouTube and developed a statistical tool for Google Analytics.


Helgerson, A., Walton, J., Loya, C., Kawell, C., Atwell, K., Monaghan, Q., Ahuja, L., Hassan, H., Gilbert, S. B., & Sharma, A. (2018). Developing an Optimized UI for Traffic Incident Managers. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 62(1), 292–296. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931218621067

Contact Me

You can contact me using my Pitt email, kaa139@pitt.edu