Marwen and Stewart McDowell of Charlotte, N.C., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Stewart McDowell, to James Rader Nowicke, son of Jeanne and Jim Nowicke of Town & Country. The bride-to-be graduated from Charlotte Latin School in 2004 and the University of Virginia in 2008 with a degree in biomedical engineering. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and anticipates receiving her doctor- ate in the spring of 2013. The future groom graduated from Saint Louis Priory School in 2004 and Princeton University in 2008 with a degree from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Currently, he is pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School and anticipates graduating in the spring of 2013. Kathleen and Jimmy met at an event in Charlottesville, Va., their junior year of college. Two years later, both were living in Baltimore, but it took a chance encounter in New York for them to realize they were living in the same city. The couple began dating and became engaged a year-and-a-half later. They are planning a spring wedding in Savannah, Ga. Following their graduations, they plan to reside in Houston.