Katherine Winchell has been involved with the Perseverance mission since the summer of 2016 when she assisted her undergraduate research professor, Dr. Melissa Rice, in the organization of a Mastcam-Z team meeting at Western Washington University. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in geology, she joined the MSL team at Malin Space Science Systems in early 2018. In addition to MSL, Katherine has been part of the preparation efforts for Mastcam-Z surface operations at MSSS; and greatly enjoyed getting to work in the clean room for MCZ calibration testing. Outside of Mars, Katherine enjoys the outdoors and sewing. She primarily sews costumes, and has been heavily involved with a charity-focused Star Wars costuming group, The Rebel Legion, since 2012.