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SWE Diverse Podcast: FIRST Robotics Deans List Student Diana Omar

We sat down with Diana Omar to hear about her experience with FIRST Robotics on Diverse: a Society of Women Engineers podcast!
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On this episode of Diverse, a SWE Podcast, host Sam East is joined by 17-year-old high school student and FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List Award Winner Diana Omar! Listen as Diana talks about her passion for STEM, her experience with FIRST Robotics and how advocating for underrepresented students has inspired her direction in life.

Listen on SWE’s website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform.

Guest: Diana Omar

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Diana Omar is an engineering student at Yale University. She is a 2022 FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List Award Winner, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholar, and enthusiastic STEM advocate focused on providing opportunities for underrepresented students. Her experience with engineering design in her all-girls FIRST robotics team inspired her to research mechanical design methodologies to make the processes more efficient.

​Because of the knowledge she obtained by participating in FIRST robotics activities, Diana was able to become an intern at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL), where she gained exposure to mechanical design as part of the Mechanical Engineering Systems Analysis & Design Group in the Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD). She has taken various courses as part of the JHU APL STEM Academy program in order to refine her technical skills, such as Design Thinking, MATLAB, and Robotics.

Host: Sam East

auto draft -Sam East is a media personality based in Toronto, Canada. You can hear her on “Sam & Dames” in the afternoon from 3-7PM on Toronto’s #1 Hit Music Station, 99.9 Virgin Radio, and with the iHeartRadio Canada app.
Sam also hosts and produces the podcast Lessons to My Younger Self, where she chats with great storytellers, experts, artists, and thought-leaders as they reflect on their biggest life lessons, and what wisdom they would pass on to their younger selves. Season 1 features; the voice of Bugs Bunny, Eric Bauza, singer-songwriter Jully Black, The Social’s Jess Allen, sexologist Dr. Jess O’Reilly, and more.
A passionate content creator, a short video Sam made caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, which led to a one-on-one interview in June of 2019. She’s also interviewed the Jonas Brothers, and the cast of Aquaman and the Umbrella Academy, among others.
You can see regular content uploaded to her 43k+ followers on TikTok featuring pop culture analysis, behind the scenes of working in radio, empowering affirmations, and a candid look at life in a Filipino family.
Sam is currently pursuing a certification in Meditation Teacher Training.

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