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Katie Hirsch

UI Programmer, Firaxis (
Computer Engineering, 2007

Katie Hirsch joined the Firaxis team in the fall of 2008. As a user interface programmer, Katie has worked on "The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II, The Rise of the Witch-King" for PC and "Command and Conquer 3, Kane's Wrath" for PC and XBox 360.

A graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Visual Arts, Katie started in the gaming industry as an artist at Breakaway Games in 2005, and later transitioned into her current role as a user interface programmer.

She has taught a course for UMBC's Games, Animation and Interactive Media (GAIM) program in the spring of 2008 for video game enthusiasts who are keen to make a career in the industry.