“你永远不知道MSOE的职业生涯会把你带向何方.”

MSOE帮助准备了Lt. 凯瑟琳·奥尔舍夫斯基上校 ’08 to travel the world – from training grounds across the United States to battlegrounds overseas, 她冒着生命危险去拯救美国同胞的生命.S. 军人和平民. 

Olszewski在芝加哥郊区长大, 我从小就喜欢数学和科学, naturally gravitated towards pursuing a career in engineering. On her first visit to MSOE’s campus, it became clear it was her top choice. The electrical engineering major quickly became a star on the Raiders’ basketball court. “当我第一次来到MSOE, we didn’t have the Kern Center – so all our women’s basketball games were held in an arena downtown. 很酷, but gaining the Kern Center where we could play on campus and watch hockey games was even better.”

在她的时间在MSOE, Olszewski was also part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program which helped support her education and prepared her for a career after MSOE.

毕业后, Olszewski moved to Albuquerque and was sent to train on the DA20 for her first stint of flying training. She spent the next six months in air force training, flying the T-6A in Del Rio, Texas. After seven months of training with the US Navy on multi-engine turbo prop planes, she received an assignment in February 2010 to go to the HC-130P aircraft. She then spent five and a half months in basic C-130 training in Little Rock, 阿肯色州, followed by five and a half months of HC-130P mission qualification training in Albuquerque, 新墨西哥. She reported for her first flying assignment in January 2011 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, 亚利桑那州. 同年晚些时候,她被派往阿富汗.

“In Afghanistan we did almost solely medical evacuations for injured soldiers from every service and country that was there. We also did medical evacuations of Afghan children and civilians. I’m particularly proud of one mission where we were able to help an injured Afghan child and his father and safely evacuate them to a base so they’d be able to receive a higher level of medical care.”

当她回到美国时, Olszewski went back to school at Little Rock and Kirtland Air Force bases to learn how to fly a HC-130J, a tactical cargo aircraft used for recovery missions and refueling other military aircrafts and helicopters.

然后她搬到了图森的一个基地, 亚利桑那州 for three years and after two more deployments moved to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, 乔治亚州. She was deployed for a final time before moving to California to attend Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base. 在毕业, she got her formal assignment to Eglin Air Force Base located on the panhandle of Florida where she resides with her wife and daughter.

“I’m so proud of the work I’ve been doing as a C-130 test pilot. My squadron works extremely hard to ensure we are safely testing the right equipment for all the different variants of C-130 to ensure the people deployed everyday have the right tools to accomplish their mission and come home safe,”她说。.

Olszewski was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in February 2023. “在军队中晋升竞争非常激烈. It was extremely rewarding to receive this honor and I couldn’t be happier to take command of my own squadron. I’m so passionate and proud of the amazing work they do every day.”

在她所有的训练和军事任务中, she credits lessons learned at MSOE for helping her career take flight.

“There have been several times in my career where just putting the nose to the grindstone was necessary and other times where it was important to step back and look at the big picture. MSOE helped me learn to tell the difference between the two.”

No matter how much Olszewski’s career has soared since leaving campus, the mother with one more baby due this year had one last piece of advice for MSOE grads, 她认为是什么让她最脚踏实地.

“Keep a good work life balance and value the time you spend with your family. When everything else is said and done, they are the ones who will always be there when you land.”

Olszewski spoke at the 2023 Spring 毕业典礼 morning ceremony. 阅读更多关于她的信息 赞誉.