Interesting comments that seem to be more concerned with being 'on message' than the facts
The thing is Katie Bourman is a victim of the media's desire to 'promote women in STEM' and turn her in to a poster child, and it would seem El Reg are fully on board with this agenda, certainly the author of the article is.
For information on how the team was made up, and there were a **lot** of people involved, see here;
She was one of many people but, for some reason, the media were obsessed with turning her in to a totem figurehead for 'women in STEM'. The sooner the media lose their 'identity politics' obsession the better for everyone.