Elite Employee Spotlight: Kate Fanning

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October 25, 2021

Title:  ENV Test Engineer 

Year Started at Elite: 2020

Areas of Expertise/Interest:

Battery Testing

Environmental Stress and Mechanical Testing


Lake Forest College – BA in Physics and Psychology

Colorado State University – ME in Mechanical Engineering (Current)

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.:

  • Playing hockey
  • Painting/drawing
  • DIY projects
  • Baking
  • Sewing


I had the opportunity to travel to Europe on a Selects Hockey team and compete against players from all over!

How did you get into EMC/testing?

Actually, my dad and brother! The experimentation aspect has always been an interest of mine, and they both helped to push me in the direction of testing at Elite!

Anything that customers/colleagues would find surprising about you?:

I have been playing hockey since I was 4 years old (over 19 years now!) and am currently playing with a women’s team trying to go pro!

Proudest moment in life so far:

Probably graduating college in the middle of a pandemic.

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

My passion outside of work would definitely be hockey. I started with it when I was always at the rink watching my brother play, so eventually I wanted to try it and I have loved it ever since.

My advice for anyone trying to get into it would be to keep practicing, always try to improve, and always make sure you are having fun with it. Sometimes you can get caught up with the technical details, but don’t forget why you are doing it.

Most rewarding/favorite aspect of working at Elite:

My favorite aspect of working at Elite would be that I am constantly learning. Whether it be from customers or my colleagues, I always leave with more knowledge than what I came with.

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

Do what you love, and never forget why you do it.

If you could be paid in something other than money, what would you choose?

Ice time or hockey equipment. Desserts are always good too!