UM Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy: Katrina Wheelan

Katrina Wheelan

Katrina Wheelan (MPP ‘25) works at the intersection of data science and social science, using quantitative methods and technology to inform policy implementation. Most recently, she served as a Research Manager for the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs. In this role, Katrina led several partnerships with federal and state agencies, leveraging machine learning to improve environmental regulatory compliance. She also served as the technical lead for a project evaluating novel techniques for detecting and measuring illegal methane emissions from Colorado’s oil and gas facilities. Previously, Katrina worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where she developed a tool to improve the resolution of climate models. Katrina holds a B.A. in mathematics and history from Williams College.