Kathleen Nahabedian

Wherever my career takes me, I want to be working on tough problems that challenge me technically.

Kathleen creates algorithms that allow her to analyze patterns, and spot anomalies, in sensor data. This work requires an ability to frame an analysis problem mathematically and to extract conclusions from masses of data. Kathleen cultivated this combination of theoretical and logical thinking at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, first as an undergraduate immersed in mathematics and then as a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in industrial mathematics, a field focused on applying math to practical or technical problems faced by business and industry. She says she loves that Lincoln Laboratory gives her opportunities to work on questions that are theoretical and technically deep and on projects that provide people with functioning prototypes. In her first assignment at the Laboratory, she helped develop prototypes of automated tools for providing live weather forecasts to air traffic controllers, along the way learning about the variables affecting meteorological predictions. Now she's exploring the complexities of algorithms and software used by intelligence and decision systems, and enjoying that she can take a quick walk to classes at the Lab if she wants to find out more about a programming language, text analytics, or statistical signal processing.