Congratulations Global Innovators!
These outstanding future engineers and computer scientists were honored for their pursuits of engineering projects, their understanding of engineering principles, their roles in inspiring young girls to pursue engineering, and their contributions to the communities they live in. Award recipients exemplify intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, and leadership in the STEM community.
Global Innovator Award Winners
Sara, an aspiring Chemical Engineer from California, was one of the founding members of her high school’s SWENext club, and currently serves as its Co-President. As Co-President, she helped organize a career lecture series, taught over 100 middle and elementary school girls about the engineering design process, and traveled to Asuncion, Paraguay to help bring more STEM opportunities to the community. She also serves as the Business Lead on her robotics team, through which she has learned how to program in both C++ and Java as well as how to use various engineering machines, including mills and laser cutters.
Amy, an aspiring Environmental Engineer from Louisiana, is co-chairing the TechNOLA initiative, which will serve as a beacon for high school students interested in computer science to gain skills in networking with organizations, lobbying for STEM initiatives, and teaching middle schoolers block-based code. She has also performed extensive research to highlight qualitative and quantitative data on girls’ involvement in STEM and how communities can dismantle STEM gender barriers, applying her findings to her school’s SWENext Club.
Sriya, an aspiring Biomedical Engineer from North Carolina, designed the SkyWay device to mitigate the environmental effects of invasive carp in the Missouri River. She has founded and led three SWENext chapters, allowing her to positively impact over 1,200 women in her community through STEM outreach events, college shadow days, and engineering challenges. As an intern for the North Carolina governor, she organized the first Lenovo App Challenge and guided students from rural North Carolina in creating a user-friendly app to track the disease rate for livestock and crop harvesting cycles.
Shayne, an aspiring Robotics Engineer from California, has mentored 5 robotics teams, guiding the students to effective solutions while teaching aspiring female engineers to confidently voice their ideas. As President of her high school’s robotics team, she organized “As Women, We Rise,” a women in STEM panel featuring over 10 female professionals from companies like NASA and Qualcomm. The event, which included activities like live robot demonstrations and an anti-bias presentation, inspired over 100 girls and shared insight into the engineering world.
Shivani, an aspiring Software Engineer from Georgia, has written numerous articles for the National Girls Collaborative Project and Reinvented Magazine detailing her experience as a female in STEM. She co-founded an organization called CodeHers Collective which has taught over 100 students in 6 countries. She also has served as president of her school’s SWENext and Girls Who Code clubs, where she aimed to provide free, accessible opportunities to empower women in STEM in her area. With her SWENext Club, she established a partnership with the Georgia Tech SWE Chapter, hosted numerous engineering outreach events for young students, and helped her club win the 2019 SWENext Club Challenge.
Aishwarya, an aspiring Environmental Engineer from North Carolina, conducted a data science research project with NC State’s statistics department, creating a model to predict whether a person would develop dementia based on a set of initial conditions. She also conducted independent research related to agricultural waste treatment in order to improve the quality of life for low-income and minority communities located near agricultural facilities. She also serves as president of her school’s SWENext Club.
We also awarded 10 Honorable Mentions:
- Fortune – an aspiring Software Engineer from Nigeria
- Alexis – an aspiring Biomedical Engineer from California
- Lauren – an aspiring Computer Scientist from New Jersey
- Benedictha – an aspiring Computer Scientist from Nigeria
- Natalie – an aspiring Biomedical Engineer from Thailand
- Ayonnah – an aspiring Aerospace Engineer from Virginia
- Ava – an aspiring Aerospace Engineer from Massachusetts
- Faith – an aspiring Engineering Psychologist from California
- Anastasia – an aspiring Robotics Engineer from Missouri
- Alayna – an aspiring Computer Scientist from Illinois