2019 graduate Katie Frayer featured in MDA Spotlight

March 21, 2023

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science 

Spartan Engineer Katie Frayer was the focus of a feature during the recent International Day of Women and Girls in Science. A 2019 graduate in mechanical engineering, Frayer is now an engineering analyst at Whirlpool Corp., in St. Joseph, Michigan. 

Katie Frayer '19
Katie Frayer '19

Republished Courtesy Muscular Dystrophy Association, Quest Media 

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science endeavors to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable role that women and girls play in accelerating change and discovery in the professional realm of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)  highlighted the career and accomplishments of Katie Frayer.

As an engineering analyst at Whirlpool Corp., she applies her passion, expertise, and innovative design ideas to the product development process. She recently started a new role as an engineer on the Laundry Aesthetics Team. In this role, she works specifically on developing and designing doors, top panels, and front panels for Whirlpool washers and dryers. 

Mechanical engineering graduate Katie Frayer
Mechanical engineering graduate Katie Frayer

Frayer guides products through development from concept through lab testing, production, and onto the sales floor. She said that one of the most rewarding aspects of her career is seeing her projects become products in homes across the globe.

After earning her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University in 2019, Frayer completed the Whirlpool Engineering Rotational Leadership Development (WERLD) Program. This program allowed her to gain multifaceted experience within the company and as an engineer in general. During the program, she earned her OpEx Six Sigma Black Belt, which designates a prestigious level of operational excellence in her field.

Frayer completed her master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University. The 25-year-old lives with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) and recently served as a panelist for an MDA STEM program discussion about people living with neuromuscular disease who are in STEM careers.

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