Kara is an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at UMass Amherst. Prior to joining the faculty at UMass, she was a post-doc at Northeastern University, and received her MS and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Her musical life mirrors her academic trajectory – in every community she has been a part of, Kara has been able to play clarinet at a high level, including with the Valley Winds, and as principal clarinet of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Kara and her partner Scott live in Northampton; together they have cultivated an encyclopedic knowledge of western Mass breakfast/brunch spots.
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