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Katie is a roboticist and puppeteer whose work has appeared on Broadway. She formerly performed in ballet companies.

Contestant Questionnaire:

Nerds or Runts: Runts, but only the banana ones.

Pizza or Chinese food delivery: Chinese food… unless it’s really good pizza… is it really good pizza?

Star Trek or Star Wars: Stargate SG-1

Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or Battlestar Galactica: Game of Thrones- twice the zombies and none of the cylons

PlayStation, Xbox, Wii or PC: PC, because I don’t game, sorry.

World of Warcraft or Call of Duty: Neither!

BioShock Infinite or Fez: I don’t even know what those are!

Math or Science: Science please!

Edison or Tesla: While Tesla is a scientific bad-ass, and Edison was a bit of a dick, I have to stick with my Cooper Union homeboy. Edison was an 1895 graduate of CU… Pioneer Pride!

Sharpies or Bics: Sharpies. I need to have a double-sided black sharpie within arms reach at all times.

Comic-con or Dragon Con: Dragon Con (it has puppets)

Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit? The Hobbit. I gave up on LOTR during the council of Elrond, sorry.

Vine or Instagram Video: Neither?

Mac or PC: PC. Dual boot in Windows and Ubuntu. 

Marvel or DC Comics: Marvel all the way

Droid, iPhone or Blackberry: Windows phone?

Asteroids or Ms. PacMan: Centipede!

What character would you be in Mario Kart? Never played.

Which family would you belong to in Game of Thrones? Stark, Lannister or Targaryen? I’m a devoted Stark. Winter is coming.

If you have a pet (what they are and what their name is): No pets for Katie. 

The one celebrity/icon (past/present) you would have wanted on your team on the show: Theodore Roosevelt. He really was the nerd of his day -- a huge fan of naval warfare and biology. He also never took “no” for an answer and was willing to do whatever it took to win. Heck, he started a civil war to get the Panama Canal built!

What planet other than Earth would you live on? Lamuella, Arthur Dent seemed pretty happy there. Although, I’m a vegetarian so I hope there’s something other than perfectly normal beast to eat.

Which house would you belong in Harry Potter?
The 4 Houses of Engineering:
  • ChemE’s are Slytherine, they play with potions
  • EE’s are Ravenclaw, they’re extra smart
  • CivE’s are Hufflepuff, they’re essentially useless
  • MechE’s are Gryffindor, because we’re awesome
IQ Score: IQ scores are just a measure of how well you take standardized tests, do they really matter?

Aliens – Exist or Myth: I think life exists elsewhere in the universe, but it’s not anything like what we have on earth- different respiratory/metabolic functions, etc.

Favorite Superhero: Ironman- if engineering is a superpower, then I can be a superhero!

Favorite Video Game: Does Rollercoaster Tycoon count?

Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad

Favorite Movie: Rushmore

Favorite Musician or Band: Frank Zappa

Favorite Musical Instrument: Vibraphone

Favorite Book: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Favorite Game Show: Faceoff

Favorite Doctor from Doctor Who: I’ve never seen Dr. Who.

Favorite King of the Nerds contestant from last season: I didn’t watch it.

If you were trapped on a desert island what three items would you bring?
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Duct Tape
  • George R.R Martin to tell me stories*
*If I can’t have GRRM, can I have googly eyes to put on the local plant life? I gotta know where I stand with ‘em.

If you could have a dinner party with three people (alive/dead) whom would you choose?
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Frank Zappa
  • Peter Cooper*
*Rough Rider, Revolutionary and Renegade Inventor