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Tue, September 14, 2021
The National Academy of Engineering today announced the new class of the EngineerGirl Ambassadors program. The 24 new ambassadors will participate in a yearlong program designed to build 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 2021-2022 EngineerGirl ambassadors are:
Hira Ali, ninth grade, Arlington, Texas. She is planning to create an engineering website to engage young students with articles, quizzes and a monthly broadcast featuring engineering concepts and hands-on activities.
Chidalu Aniekwenagbu, 11th grade, Lynn, Massachusetts. She is developing an after-school program intended for 4th and 5th graders who attend KIPP Academy Lynn where they can learn about the different fields of engineering.
Katie Auyeung, 12th grade, Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She will create an EngineerGirl club for 5th and 6th grade girls. These students will meet twice a month to explore different engineering topics including artificial intelligence, food, space, environment, buildings, medicine, and transportation.
Noor Azam-Naseeruddin, 10th grade, Washington D.C. She will be using computer programing to teach young art students how to code. These students will create self-portraits, a Jackson Pollock painting, fractal art, and even a game by using computer coding techniques.
Aditi Baghel, 12th grade, Phoenix, AZ. She will teach a two-week course to young girls on applied physics exploring how physics principles are utilized in engineering.
Sophia Benavente-Sayani, 11th grade, Secaucus, New Jersey. She will create an eight-week course for young girls examining the engineering design process, coding, chemistry, biomedicine, 3D design, and robotics.
Josephine Brumfield, 11th grade, Austin, Texas. She plans to use the Kerbal Space Program to introduce elementary and middle school girls to aerospace and aeronautical engineering.
Kendell Clark, 11th grade, Stephens City, Virginia. She will organize events at a local library where middle school students can meet a diverse range of engineering professionals.
Victoria Corradina, 11th grade, Farmingdale, New York. She will introduce students to the different engineering courses offered in the Farmingdale School District by creating a virtual tour of elective classes from the perspective of past students.
Naomi Fernandez, 12th grade, North Bergen, New Jersey. She will develop a program for elementary school students to get exposed to various engineering fields through engaging activities and hands-on experiences.
Samantha Gary, 12th grade, Palatine, Illinois. She will create a lunchtime engineering club for elementary school students that will introduce young girls to the different disciplines of engineering.
Annum Hashmi, 11th grade, Palo Alto, California. She will create a virtual workshop series that will provide an introduction to robotics for young girls.
Anna Hill-Jones, 10th grade, Chesterfield, Missouri. She will develop a program where students from St. Louis will design and race cars while simultaneously learning about physics and engineering principals.
E'LissaAnn Jones, 11th grade, Roswell, Georgia. She will be hosting a short series of in-person events at local elementary schools that combine engineering and entrepreneurship. Girls will be introduced to science principles through hands-on activities and projects.
Elizabeth Megson, ninth grade, Paxton, Illinois. She will create a STEM day where university participants will teach girls about science and engineering and answer questions about the different STEM fields.
Ashika Srivastava, 12th grade, Atlanta, Georgia. She plans to create an engineering magazine for girls that will feature information about the different engineering disciplines, interviews with women in engineering, puzzles, activities, and games.
Emilia Szczepaniak, 11th grade, Butler, New Jersey. She will teach middle school girls how to code by helping them build circuits with Arduinos and creating 3D models at the Butler Public Library.
Lily Tucker, 11th grade, Waxhaw, North Carolina. She will develop engineering kits that will be distributed to girls in community shelters and in foster care. The kits include 3D-printed parts that can be assembled into a STEM toy and information on great women in engineering.
Micaela Venyo, 12th grade, Belcamp, Maryland. She will create a two hour weekly online program that will include kits for hands-on activities and virtual Q&A sessions with a diverse panel of female engineers.
Nichola Wells, 10th grade, Orlando, Florida. She will organize a five-week educational program tailored to 15 middle school students exploring how engineers utilize technology and the design process to prevent gun violence.
Grace Williams, 11th grade, Pensacola, Florida. She is creating a weekend engineering club for eighth grade girls where they will learn engineering through projects and guest speakers.
Kimberly Wu, 12th grade, Gilroy, California. She is developing an afterschool program where girls will learn engineering through activity-based robotics kits.
Zhilu Xie, 12th grade, San Ramon, California. She will work with special needs students who lack engineering exposure by developing a course for them that includes civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.
Shannon Yeow, 12th grade, Chula Vista, California. She is organizing a five-day engineering camp for elementary school students with a focus on civil, chemical, mechanical, computer, and electrical engineering.
The EngineerGirl ambassadors receives support and project funding of up to $250, leadership development, networking and engagement opportunities, and a certificate and letter of recognition from the National Academy of Engineering.
The EngineerGirl Ambassadors program is made possible by a generous grant from 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.
Founded in 1964, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its mission is to advance the welfare and prosperity of the nation by providing independent advice on matters involving engineering and technology, and by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and public appreciation of engineering.