Maj Katherine Spies
Major Katherine L. Spies is an AH-1 attack helicopter pilot, experimental test pilot, and dedicated advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. As an AH-1 pilot, Major Spies flew over 320 hours in combat, leading more than 100 combat missions and awarded several military honors, including Air Medal (5th Award), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Article 5 Active Endeavor Medal. As the Marine Corps’ first female helicopter test pilot, Major Spies flew over 30 types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and executed high-risk test events in support of Department of the Navy aviation acquisitions. Currently, Major Spies is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Design at Harvard University, with work focused on soft matter, fabrication, and material science. Originally from Orange County, California, Major Spies received a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California and is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School. Major Spies is a Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations.