Katherine Fitch

Born: June 9th, 1989

Citizenship: American

Residing in: Munich, Germany



Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, November 2016 - Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Master of Arts, Mechanical Engineering, September 2013 - Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, May 2011 - Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Post-doctoral Fellow (October 2016 - Present)

Chair of Operations Research, Technical University of Munich

  • Research topics: algebraic graph theory, networked systems, structure learning, Gaussian graphical models

  • Student advising: humanitarian operations research

Ph.D. Candidate (September 2011 - September 2016)

Dynamics and Control Systems Lab, Princeton University

  • Research topics: algebraic graph theory, dynamics and control, multi-agent networks

Researcher (January 2010 - May 2011)

L.C. Smith College of Engineering, Syracuse University

  • Research topic: optimal control theory


  • President, MAE Graduate Student Committee (2014 - 2016)

  • Member, Women in STEM Leadership Council (2015 - 2016)

  • Social Chair, MAE Graduate Student Committee (2012 - 2014)


  • Course: Case Studies in Discrete Optimization, Technical University of Munich, Spring 2019

  • Workshop: Graphs and Matrices, Technical University of Munich, Spring 2019

  • Seminar: Operations Research Applications in Health Care, Technical University of Munich, Fall 2018

  • Workshop: Graph Theoretic Applications of Linear Algebra, Technical University of Munich, Spring 2018

  • Seminar: Award Winning Applications of Operations Research in Practice, Technical University of Munich, Spring 2018

  • Course (TA): Engineering Design, Princeton University, Fall 2014

  • Course (TA): Topics in Mathematical Modeling: Mathematical Neuroscience, Princeton University, Spring 2014

  • Course (TA): Mathematics in Engineering, Princeton University, Fall 2013

  • Academic Excellence Workshop Facilitator: Syracuse University, Fall 2008


  • Florian Pawlik, “New Methods for Transplantation Planning in Realistic Kidney Exchange Networks” Master’s thesis, October 2019

  • Andrea Haertl, “Live Kidney Transplantation in Germany: A Proposal for a Kidney Exchange System”, Master’s thesis, April 2018

  • Isabella Listl, “Minimizing Overflow in Homeless Shelters via Online Scheduling Techniques”, Master’s Thesis, February 2018

  • Martin Zellner, “Clustering Directed Graphs Using an Effective Resistance Preserving Transformation”, Bachelor’s thesis, July 2017


  • Fellow, Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg of the Max Planck Society (2018-present)

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2012-2015)

  • Wu Prize for Excellence (2015)

  • Larisse Rosentweig Klein Memorial Award (2015)

  • Gordon Y. S. Wu Fellowship (2011, 2012)

  • George M. Berry Award for Outstanding Design Achievement (2011)

  • Charles Libove Memorial Award for Outstanding Aerospace Senior (2011)

  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Aerospace Engineering (2011)

  • Thomas C. and Colleen M. Wilmot Scholarship (2009 - 2011)

  • Ellen H. Honnold Memorial Scholarship (2009, 2010)


  • Software: MATLAB, Python (scikit-learn, numpy, matplotlib, ipyplots, networkx, pandas), C++, Mathematica, LaTeX, MS Excel, R (novice), CPLEX (novice)

  • Languages: English - Native, German - B2 (Intermediate)


  • K. Fitch. Learning new directed graphical models from Gaussian data. 2019. Under review.

  • K. Fitch. Effective resistance preserving directed graph symmetrization. SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 49-65, 2019.

  • K. Fitch, N. E. Leonard. Optimal leader selection for controllability and robustness in multi-agent networks. in Proc. European Control Conference, 2016, pp.1550-1555

  • K. Fitch, N. E. Leonard. Joint centrality distinguishes optimal leaders in noisy networks. IEEE Trans. on Control of Networked Systems, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 366-378, 2016

  • R. A. Chavan, K. Fitch, H. J. Palanthandalam-Madapusi. Recursive input reconstruction with a delay. in Proc. American Control Conference, 2014, pp. 628-633

  • K. Fitch, N. E. Leonard. Information centrality and optimal leader selection in noisy networks. in Proc. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2013, pp. 7510-7515. Invited Paper.

  • N. L., G. Y., K. H., D. S., A. T., W. C., K. F., and S. M., Controls and Art. Springer International Publishing, 2014, ch. In the dance studio: An art and engineering exploration of human flocking, pp. 27-49

  • K. Fitch, H. J. Palanthandalam-Madapusi. Unbiased minimum-variance filtering for delayed input reconstruction. in Proc. American Control Conference, 2011, pp. 4859-4860