Cathy received her BS degree in Geological Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1971. She then spent seven years in industry: four years with mining companies in Canada (Ontario and BC) and then three as Geological Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer with consulting companies in Washington State and Illinois.
In 1979 she returned to academia and a doctoral program at Northwestern University where she received her Ph.D. in Mineral Resources Engineering and Management. Since 1981 she has been at New Mexico Tech, where she is now Chair of the Department of Mineral and Environmental Engineering. She currently serves on the U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics of the NRCC, National Academy of Science.
From 1996 Induction to the Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Academy