Katherine Rasley graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Iron Range Engineering (IRE) Program in 2016. While at IRE, she completed an Undergraduate Thesis in Hybrid Renewable Power Systems. Recognized as an Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher, Katherine presented at various events including: Students in St. Paul, Minnesota State Undergraduate Research Symposium, Minnesota State Undergraduate Scholars Conference, and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.
After graduation, she worked for over five years in substation engineering, working in SCADA, P&C, and preventative maintenance and asset management. In addition to her substation work, Katherine supported regulatory filings, supplier diversity initiatives, and created a women’s employee resource group (ERG) which she facilitated for over three years. In December 2021, she transitioned to the renewable energy sector and works as a Grid Connection Specialist for Enel North America, supporting the interconnection process of grid-scale wind, solar, and battery storage across North America. She serves as Enel’s women ERG membership coordinator, as well as supports other ERG group initiatives.
A prolific volunteer, Katherine has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and was a Don Shippar Community Leadership Award finalist, volunteering primarily in STEM outreach and IEEE. With her fellow students, she started an IEEE student chapter for IRE. In her section, she has served in various roles including professional activities, membership, treasurer, student liaison, and president and started a WIE affinity group. In 2019, she graduated from the IEEE VoLT program and was an IEEE brand sponsor. She keeps herself grounded on the trails of Northeastern Minnesota, loves gardening, podcasts, and exploring new places.