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.
Global Innovator Award Recipients
The SWENext Global Innovator Award recognizes outstanding young women shaping the future of SWE who have demonstrated a commitment to bettering the lives of women in STEM.
Hiya, an aspiring Computer Science and Electrical engineer from California, is the President of her high school’s SWENext Club and the founder and Executive Director of TheCodeBakery, a global peer-learning non-profit that provides hands-on teaching to underrepresented youth. When she learned residents of her local community were not aware of their own water quality, she built an IOS app and Arduino sensor to estimate real-time household water quality and was selected as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge for California’s 15th Congressional District.
Madalyn, an aspiring Computer Science engineer from California, is the Founder and former President of her high school’s SWENext Club. In 2019, she traveled to WE Local in St. Louis to represent her team for the DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge and received a grant for their proposed event, Girls in STEM Inspiration Day 2019. The following year, her team received a DesignLab grant for their “Go Baby Go” program that provides modified ride-on cars to young children with disabilities.
Janise, an aspiring Computer Science and Electrical engineer from Pennsylvania, is Co-Founder of her school’s SWENext Club and serves as it’s Director of Outreach. She co-founded and developed the BuzzBandSM, a patent-pending vibration device that motivates youth with autism to exercise through tactile stimulation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led a team in developing CITISYNC, a highly accurate occupancy tracking system, and was selected as grand champion of the Governor’s STEM Competition.
Alyssa, an aspiring Computer Science and Robotics engineer from California, is the Founder and President of the STEM Out club at her school, and the Founder and Executive Director of the organization Full STEAM Ahead. She developed an app that connects students with STEM teams based on their location, interest and availability, which received an Honorable Mention in the Congressional App Challenge and is currently in the Google Playstore for testing.
Megan, an aspiring Computer Science engineer from California, is the founder and executive director of Tech Girls United and president of the organization GAITEway (Girls in AI and Tech Education). In 2020, she hosted a summer camp to teach girls about data sciences, reaching over a hundred participants from 15 states and 18 countries. Over the last year she’s hosted workshops and panels on UX design, fintech, robotics and information science, and this summer she will host a conference for women pursuing careers in tech.
Kiley, an aspiring Civil Engineer from Virginia, is the Founder and President of her high school’s SWENext Club, and Vice President of a Girls Who Code club. As president of her SWENext club, she organized virtual events with five fifth grade classes to talk about the Perseverance Rover and created a presentation that reached 1,800 students. Through SWENext, she was inspired to apply for a role as the president of her school’s Science National Honor Society and next year, she’ll get to continue to share her love of engineering as co-president.
Global Innovator Award Honorable Mentions
Christine – an aspiring Computer Science and Electrical engineer from Georgia.
Jannath – an aspiring Chemical and Environmental engineer from Michigan.
Aneet– an aspiring Biomedical engineer from California.
Aroshi – an aspiring Computer Science engineer from California.
Mericel – an aspiring Computer Science engineer from California.
Katherine – an aspiring Computer Science and Software engineer from California.
Archishma – an aspiring Computer Science and Robotics engineer from Georgia.
Rhea – an aspiring Computer Science engineer from California.
Priyanka – an aspiring Computer Science and Robotics engineer from Colorado.
Faye – an aspiring Chemical and Environmental engineer from California.
Watch the winning Global Innovator submission videos on the SWENext YouTube Channel and be inspired!
Community Award Recipients
The SWENext Community Award emphasizes the impact SWENexters have in their communities to solve real-world problems. For the 2021 awards, students submitted a poster addressing environmental issues affecting the state of Indiana, as well as their proposed solutions.
Bliss, a high school sophomore from Washington, addressed issues of air pollution in Indiana and provided solutions to work toward “net zero” carbon emissions in the state. Check out this interview of Bliss at the WE21 Annual Conference in Indianapolis in October!
Felicia, a high school junior from North Carolina, proposed ideas to reduce Indiana’s carbon footprint by reimagining the Indy 500 race experience.
Alicja, a high school sophomore from Maryland, provided suggestions to incentivize environmentally-friendly practices in Indiana.
Geetika, a high school junior from Indiana, offered insights into preserving the individuality of the Indy 500 while protecting the surrounding environment.
Libby, a high school junior from Wisconsin, outlined a plan to replace diesel-powered vehicles with electric automobiles to reduce negative impacts on the environment.
Ashika, high school junior from California, offered innovative solutions to reduce toxic chemicals in Indiana’s environment.
SWENext Clubs Best Practice Award Recipient
The SWENext Clubs Best Practice Award recognizes outstanding SWENext Clubs and the “best practices” they are implementing. The focus for the 2021 award was best practices in college preparation.
Sierra Canyon School SWENext Club
Sierra Canyon School SWENext Club was founded in California in 2020 with a mission to give members insight into a wide variety of STEM careers. In early 2020, the club hosted the GEMS (Girls Exploring Majors in STEM) Speaker Series, a collection of webinars featuring interviews with collegiate and professional women in STEM designed to offer insight on STEM career pathways.
SWENext Clubs Challenge Award Recipient
The SWENext Clubs Challenge Award invites SWENext clubs to consider who or what has inspired them in their STEM journey and how they are paying it forward by inspiring the future generation of engineers in their community.
Benjamin Franklin High School SWENext Club
Benjamin Franklin High School SWENext Club was founded in 2016 in Louisiana with a focus on K-12 STEM education advocacy. Inspired by the support and inclusivity of the SWE community, the club members were united under the common goal of fostering equality in the field of engineering. The club has hosted a series of inventive outreach events designed to provide girls with a positive-hands on experience with engineering, including a “Mentor Mash” event with STEM professionals, a virtual “Back-to-School STEM Day” and a “Rocket Launch” event where girls constructed their own homemade rockets.