EngineerGirl Announces First Class of Student Ambassadors


Thu, September 13, 2018

Washington, DC, United States, September 13, 2018 —

The National Academy of Engineering today announced the first class of the EngineerGirl Ambassadors program. The six selected EngineerGirl ambassadors will participate in a yearlong program that builds leadership skills in female high school students by helping them promote engineering to younger students in their community.

Each ambassador will design, develop, and implement a project that will encourage younger girls -- particularly those with little access to engineering role models -- to think about engineering careers and give them practical experience in engineering design. They will work with local sponsors and receive guidance and support from EngineerGirl staff.

The 2018-2019 EngineerGirl ambassadors are:

  • Alyssa Ho, Ninth Grade, Pasadena, California. She plans to work with Girl Scouts to hold a robotics expo featuring FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition teams, with engineer guest speakers and training workshops.
  • Emma Kalif, 11th Grade, Middletown, Rhode Island. She will create a club for high school girls to discuss STEM classes and careers, as well as promote engineering in elementary school classrooms and an afterschool program.
  • Rose Lee, 11th Grade, Rockville, Maryland. She plans to incorporate various engineering activities into a mentoring program for elementary students that will give them creative rein over their STEM projects.
  • Moumita Sutar, 12th Grade, Chamblee, Georgia. She plans to develop low-cost engineering kits and create a mentoring program at a local middle school.
  • Jennifer Villa, 12th Grade, Danbury, Connecticut.  She will organize five two-hour after-school sessions, highlighting different engineering fields, with guest speakers and hands-on activities.
  • Sophia Viner, 12th Grade, Parkland, Florida. She will create a middle school girls’ engineering club with a structured curriculum and hands-on activities, including team challenges, and an end-of-the-year community project.

The EngineerGirl ambassadors receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Annual Conference, project funding of up to $250, the opportunity to be considered for a $1,000 scholarship, leadership development, a free one -year SWE membership, and a certificate and letter of recognition from the National Academy of Engineering that may be sent with college applications.

The EngineerGirl ambassadors program is made possible by a generous grant from Mr. John F. McDonnell.


EngineerGirl is designed for girls in elementary through high school and offers information about various engineering fields and careers, questions and answers, interviews, an annual writing competition, and other resources on engineering. EngineerGirl is part of the NAE’s ongoing effort to increase the diversity of the engineering workforce.

The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.

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National Academy of Engineering