EngineerGirl 2022 Writing Contest Winners Show How Engineering Can Help Meet United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals


Thu, June 16, 2022

Washington D.C., June 16, 2022 —

The National Academy of Engineering is pleased to announce the winners of its 2022 EngineerGirl Writing Contest.

This year’s contest asked students in grades three through 12 to write an essay about how engineering can help humanity meet one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to the prizes awarded to students based on grade level, essays were selected regardless of grade for “special topic recognition” based on their excellent treatment of a given SDG. Winners were chosen from among nearly 800 essay submittals.

“I congratulate all of the 2022 EngineerGirl Writing Contest winners on their insightful essays explaining how engineering can help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations,” said NAE President John L. Anderson. “These inspiring young students show that engineers are at the forefront of sustainable development and that engineering solutions can lead to a more sustainable future.”

First place among third to fifth grade students was awarded to Isha Gupta, a fifth grade student at Daves Creek Elementary School in Cumming, Georgia, for her essay on using hydroponics as a solution to the global food crisis. Eighth grade student Chloe Weng from Fort Settlement Middle School in Sugar Land, Texas, won first place in the sixth to eighth grade level for her essay on engineering’s role in creating diagnostic devices in health care. Megan Haubrich, an 11th grade student at Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto, California, won first place among entries from grades nine to 12 for her essay on engineering developments to pull water from air.

The 2022 EngineerGirl writing contest was sponsored by Oracle and North Carolina State University’s Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, and Science. Awards are $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. Honorable mention winners receive EngineerGirl sweatshirts, and authors of essays given special topic recognition receive EngineerGirl T-shirts. The essays of all winners are published on the EngineerGirl website. The full list of winners is listed below:

Grades Three-Five

Grades Six-Eight

Grades Nine–12

Special Topic Recognition

EngineerGirl is designed for girls in elementary through high school and offers information about various engineering fields and careers, answers to questions, interviews of engineers, and other resources on engineering. Surveys of contest participants indicate that 40 percent of girls say they are more likely to consider an engineering career after writing their essay. 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 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. 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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