Katie Birkel was on Icarus 2081 from 2006 to 2009. She was the spokesperson for the team, and worked on the mechanical team. Before joining Icarus, she was planning on a career in medicine. However being in FIRST and seeing the product of hard work motivated her to consider an engineering career. Katie moved on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she joined the SAE Baja team and Phi Sigma Roe engineering sorority. Katie graduated with a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, and now works at Caterpillar, Inc. as a vibration analysis and validation engineer.