Hi there and welcome to my blog!  I'm Kate, your friendly blog writer.  I'm relatively new to Microsoft: I just started full time here in October.  I was a grad student at the University of Washington, and had a summer internship here this summer.  I really like working for Microsoft...I enjoyed my internship so much, and liked the people so much, I just didn't want to do anything else.  I have many friends who work or who have worked at Microsoft, and they all love it, so I decided to give it a try.  As a result, here I am.  I'm on the query optimizer test team in Sql Server.  My first project was to test the auto statistics generation for read-only databases or database snapshots.  It is currently under code review, but I hope to complete it soon!