Katelyn Huang was an undergraduate student at California State Polytechnic University–Pomona where she was studying Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis on Urban Design. Prior to attending Cal Poly, she was in an architecture program at John A. Rowland High School, where she grew a passion for design. She got to experience the fundamentals of architecture, create three-dimensional models and plans, and use rendering programs and photoshop. Throughout those four years in the program, she was certified for demonstrating competency in Architectural Design I and Industrial Design under the Career Technical Education (CTE) program. Following her participation in this program, she was deeply involved in the Environmental Science Club and Interact, a community service club. Her interest in design, the environment, and community development lead Katelyn to pursue the field of Urban Planning.

During her studies at Cal Poly, she was given the opportunity to do research on cities such as Santa Monica, Mecca, Pasadena, and many more. These projects allowed her to get experience with analyzing city data, conducting surveys, and working in a team. Additionally, Katelyn was recognized by Sigma Alpha Pi, a National Society for Leadership and Success for her academic standing and leadership potential. Throughout participation in their program, she was able to build her leadership skills where she then ran for a board position for Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for first-year academic success. Being the treasurer, Katelyn gained an outlook on the responsibilities on managing a group of students and being a role model to those younger.

Katelyn enjoys expanding her creative agenda in any way possible outside of school. Around the time of her Division Scholarship, she had been exploring her interests in music, making videos, poster art, and film photography.

As a Division Scholar, Katelyn worked with then-Chair-Elect, Marcel Acosta in making an informative video for entry-level planners and others who are interested in planning. She interviewed planners, preservationists, and urban designers on how they were defining the field through practice. Her goal was to introduce related concepts to younger audiences to encourage community involvement.