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mechanical development engineer

Katie Umstead Vandergriff, American mechanical development engineer. Named to Outstanding Young Women of America, 1987; corporation honoree Young Women’s Christian Association, Knoxville, 1991; recipient Technology Communication award Society Technology Communications, 1991.


Vandergriff, Katie Umstead was born on May 14, 1965 in Anchorage. Daughter of Brice Berry and Marilyn Kay (Crane) Umstead.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, 1987.


Printer's aide, Powell (Tennessee) Press, 1980-1984; cooperative education student, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Oak Ridge, 1984-1986; mechanic development engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1987-1990; project manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, since 1990. Speaker, presenter, recruiter in field.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Volunteer counselor Outdoor Wilderness Survival Camps, 1983, 91. Founding member, organizer Sharing Adventures in Engineering and Science, Knoxville, since 1991. Teacher for pre-school Powell First Baptist Church, since 1986.

Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Distinguished Service 1987), National Society of Professional Engineers (state chairman for young engineers, chapter vice president), National Association of Female Executives, Society Women Engineers (national scholarship selectioncom.).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: old house restoration, photography, writing, hiking, directing weddings.


Married David Houston Vandergriff, October 3, 1987.

Brice Berry Umstead

Marilyn Kay (Crane) Umstead

David Houston Vandergriff