Meet the EGBC President, Dr. Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst

Published on: November/December 2018

Engineering Positive Relationships Through Collaboration

After declaring to her father at a young age that she wanted to be a singer, Dr. Katharina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, the new president for Engineers and Geoscientists BC, followed his advice and identified a profession to support her singing hobby: engineering. And, her connection with a fellow engineer who also happened to be a musician would play a key role in launching her aerodynamics career.

After graduating in 1988 during a recession, when engineering companies across the country were not hiring, Tarnai-Lokhorst moved to Toronto to ‘pound the pavement’. She landed an interview with the lead aerodynamics engineer at Boeing Canada, de Havilland Division. Although the company was in a hiring freeze, the two connected over the instruments they played and a shared love of music.

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