Dr. Keenan is the Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Project Leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO, where she works to improve the repeatability and reliability of MRI. Dr. Keenan started at NIST as an NRC post-doctoral scholar and created an MRI reference object (phantom) for assessing the accuracy and comparability of breast cancer imaging methods. Currently, she is developing methods to validate advanced quantitative MRI techniques at typical clinical field strengths (1.5 and 3 T) and for low magnetic fields (6.5 mT to 0.55 T). Dr. Keenan was an Advanced BioImaging Scialog Fellow of the Research Corporation from 2021-2023, and in 2019, she won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). With her colleagues, in 2016 she won a Department of Commerce Gold Medal as well as the inaugural Department of Commerce Ron Brown Award for Excellence in Innovation, and in 2015 she won a Colorado Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research.
When she isn’t in the lab, she’s usually outside running or hiking the trails in Boulder’s open space or downhill skiing with family. You can find her online via Twitter @KatyKeenan or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katykeenan/.Sessions: