Catherine O’Riordan is the Chief Operating Officer of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). In her role she oversees outreach programs at AIP, including the Society of Physics Students (SPS), the Center for the History of Physics, and other programs in education, communications, and policy. O'Riordan worked previously at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, DC, where she managed international ocean research and education programs including marine geoscience training programs for teachers and outreach programs to K-12 students. From 1999-2007 she managed public affairs and education programs at the American Geophysical Union. Before moving into association management, O'Riordan conducted research with French and European colleagues on the physics and biogeochemistry of the marine environment along the coast of France. O'Riordan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics (Civil Engineering) from Stanford University. She has served in many volunteer roles including the role of member of the Chesapeake Bay Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the steering committee for the Marine Geosciences Leadership Symposium, on review panels for NSF and on the NSF-EHR Committee of Visitors.