Kaitlyn Mallett earned her Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. While completing her Ph.D., Kaitlyn worked with Prof. Ellen Arruda to experimentally characterize native ACL and replacement grafts to elucidate their material properties. Her work led to the development of accurate theoretical constitutive models that capture the mechanical response of biological specimens. Kaitlyn then went on to work on an innovative team at Intel Corporation, looking to address problems at Intel sites and ahead to the future of the company. In our conversation, we talk with Kaitlyn about her early education as a home-schooled student, some key lessons she learned as a graduate student at UM, and what Black History month means to her.