November 17, 2020

In plain terms

Star soccer alumna uses double major to simplify the complex.

Photo by Shawna Schill/UND Today.

During her time at UND, Katie (Moller) Brower, ’19, double majored in communication and physics, minored in mathematics and rose to be one of the best soccer players in the University’s history.

My double major not only made me more competitive in the job market but gave me such a broad spectrum of skills to draw on as I start my career,” said Katie.

Originally from West Linn, Oregon, Katie's leadership was quickly recognized as she was named a captain as a sophomore, tasked with upholding flair and morale while being a dedicated student. In her “free” time, she volunteered for a number of causes, including a mission trip to Guatemala, training children with the Greater Grand Forks Soccer Club and other charitable events with her soccer team.

Katie’s unconventional choice in majors equipped her for work in the STEM field and helped hone communication skills that she now uses to convey her passion to others. Employed as a district representative for Nalco Water – an Ecolab Company that supplies water, energy and air improvement solutions and services – Katie gives a nod to the donors who helped make that happen.

“Having received scholarships during my time at UND definitely helped and gave me more options coming out of school last spring. I’m very proud to be working in an area that I’m so passionate about and for a company like Nalco Water. I feel like I’m doing work that really matters and that I am making a difference.”

She hopes to continue her career in scientific communications, translating complex breakthroughs to the public in plain terms. “As a leader in action, I want to make sure there’s an advocate for every single person.”

Story adapted from UND's Leaders in Action series. Read more of Katie's story at

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