Carnegie Mellon University

Kate Whitefoot

Kate S. Whitefoot

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Katie S. Whitefoot is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the NextManufacturing Center for additive manufacturing research and a Faculty Affiliate at the Carnegie Mellon Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Prior to her current position, she served as a Senior Program Officer and the Robert A. Pritzker fellow at the National Academy of Engineering where she directed the Academy’s Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation program.


Whitefoot’s research informs the design and manufacture of energy efficient and low-carbon products and processes for improved adoption in the marketplace. Her areas of expertise include vehicle fuel efficiency, consumer choice, design and adoption of green products, energy-efficient and productive manufacturing, and energy and environmental policies.