was born in Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada. She received her Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta in 1997, and a Masters in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 2001. For the next four years, she was a receiver engineer with the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. In 2005 she joined the NRAO in Socorro, NM, working on cryogenic receivers for the EVLA upgrade.
In 2010 she started her doctoral research in electrical engineering at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC. Her dissertation was on the design and construction of a K-band coherent phased array feed for use on large single-dish radio telescopes.
After receiving her PhD in 2014, Dr. Locke was a postdoctoral research engineer with the Millimetre Instrumentation Group at the NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. She led a team that developed a cryogenically-cooled 140-element phased array feed receiver (CryoPAF4), and helped design a single-pixel Q-band cryogenic receiver with possible application to the ngVLA.
In 2018, Dr. Locke received an NRAO Jansky Fellowship, the first-ever awarded to an engineer. For her two-year appointment, she is based at the Central Development Lab in Charlottesville, where she is engaged in independent research on the electromagnetic design of antennas, feeds and orthomode transducers for radio astronomy.