kathryn (katya) vasilaky


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly.

My research topics are situated in experimental and development economics, utilizing lab experiments in the field, and randomized control trials (RCT). My secondary work is in regularization methods that address ill-conditioned data, relevant to high dimensional problems.

In line with my research, I believe in making stem accessible and free in an inclusive learning environment. To this end I co-organized and taught for Pyladies NYC and Girls Who Code and co-run PyData SLO.

I am also a co-founder of Ground Truth Data, a startup that collects granular weather data in less-developed countries to improve rainfall prediction using low cost water sensors and crowd sourced citizen input.