Notable Women in STEM: Kate Trevey

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Women in STEM
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 15.5
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Science, Finance, Marquette University
  • Graduate degree/university: M.Ed., Higher Education - Student Affairs/College Student Development, Loyola University Chicago

Leading Marquette University’s Fotsch Innovation and Engineering Leadership Development Center, Kate Trevey creates programming for undergraduates, lifelong learners and corporate cohorts of engineering talent. 

In 2014, Trevey co-founded Marquette’s Excellence in Leadership (E-Lead) program with Kris Ropella, Opus dean of the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette. 

E-Lead began as a formal three-year undergraduate leadership curriculum layered on the regular engineering curriculum. 

In 2019, Marquette alumni Chuck (former CEO of Cree) and Karen Swoboda challenged the program to double in size (from 20 students to 40 students per cohort) and to open the program to students outside of engineering. The E-Lead Program has since welcomed students from all undergraduate disciplines to work alongside the engineers. Today, E-Lead has 143 total alumni.

Trevey recently led the adaptation of E-Lead’s curriculum for professional audiences. One such effort is Igniting Insights: Innovation Leadership, a seven-week virtual course for professionals across industries. Additionally, Trevey and her team have begun offering custom leadership and innovation development programs for cohorts of engineering talent at companies within the region.

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