Professional Pilot '09
Kate Fraser, a 2009 graduate of the professional pilot program, is this year's Alumni Fellow selection from the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. She is one of 12 distinguished alumni honored throughout the university, representing the College of Technology and Aviation, which is housed on the polytechnic campus.
Currently living in Washington, D.C., Fraser returned to K-State April 6-8 for a variety of events, including a reception at President Schulz's home in Manhattan and a celebration of her accomplishments with faculty and staff on the polytechnic campus. Fraser even spoke to several aviation classes about current trends in the industry and her professional experiences.
Fraser is an operations research analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention. In this role, she is responsible for safety and accident analysis, and developing tangible solutions to improve safety for both commercial and general aviation.
Prior to joining the FAA, Fraser worked for more than five years as the director of safety with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, where she represented the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics, components and service providers. A native of McPherson, Kansas, Fraser is also a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor.
"I am so proud to be an alumna of K-State because I would never have had the opportunity to be doing what I'm doing if it weren't for my education at the university," said Fraser.
Fraser is the twenty-fourth Alumni Fellow from the Kansas State Polytechnic campus. The requirement of a fellow is that he or she has distinguished him or herself in their respective career field. The purpose of the program is to bring prominent and outstanding alumni back to campus to recognize their efforts and to learn from their expertise and life experiences.
Note: If you’re a Kansas State Polytechnic faculty member, you can nominate the next Alumni Fellow. Please contact the K-State Alumni Association at 800-600-ALUM (2586).