EngineerGirl Ambassadors

2018-2019 EngineerGirl Ambassadors

The National Academy of Engineering is proud to introduce the first class of EngineerGirl Amabassadors. Each ambassador will design, develop, and implement a project to 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.

Alyssa Ho
9th Grade
Pasadena, CA

I plan to hold a robotics expo, featuring FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition teams, with engineer guest speakers and training workshops. I will start at the Arcadia Girl Scout Service Center, then continue to Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Woodland Hills, Marina Del Rey, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Montclair.

By being a EngineerGirl Ambassador, I want to empower girls to not be OK when boys and teachers push them aside. I hope that through my project, more girls in my school and Girl Scout community will receive the support and exposure to inspire them to participate in robotics.

Emma Kalif
11th Grade
Middletown, RI

The difference in numbers between males and females in engineering professions are enough to turn most girls away from joining the field. I will create a club for high school girls to discuss STEAM classes and careers, as well as promote engineering in elementary school classrooms and an afterschool program. I also plan to host a community engineering day with the high school club. All together, this will show younger girls an example of females at the high school level that are interested in engineering, and that it is fun!

All girls need to understand that they can be anything that they want to be. Females can do absolutely anything that a male can. I hope to give the same passion to younger students as someone gave to me so many years ago.

Rose Lee
11th Grade
Rockville, MD

To improve diversity in STEM, I plan to incorporate various engineering activities into my mentoring program by teaching the young women to be brave in their STEM endeavors, speaking about female engineer role models, and giving them creative reign over the projects I have planned.

I think that it is extremely important to raise the future generation of girls to boldly take advantage of engineering opportunities, where they can courageously express their creativity.

Moumita Sutar
12th Grade
Chamblee, GA

My project has two main goals: developing an interest in engineering and fostering that interest by developing technical skills and growing a community of support. This will be done through the development of low-cost engineering kits and the implementation of a mentoring program at the local middle school.

I want to be part of a community of leaders dedicated to women empowerment in STEM and help lead the change towards diversity in the STEM workforces.

Jennifer Villa
12th Grade
Danbury, CT

I will organize five 2-hour after-school sessions. Each session will highlight a different engineering field, including a hands-on activity related to that field, a speaker who represents the field, and the distribution of opportunities dedicated to supporting more girls in engineering. Parents will be encouraged to attend as well.

Engaging middle school girls in engineering will enable them to best plan a high school program that will support preparation and candidacy for undergraduate engineering programs.

Sophia Viner
12th Grade
Parkland, FL

I will establish and run an Engineering Club for middle school girls who have little to no experience in engineering. Girls will learn about prominent women in STEM, different engineering careers, design process, and the power of engineering to help the world. The structured curriculum and hands-on activities, including team challenges, and an end-of-the-year community project, will open the girls’ eyes to possibilities, help them develop technical skills, ignite their curiosity and empower them.

I want to become a role model and a mentor to younger girls, inspiring them to get involved as early as possible in math and engineering and creating a personal connection and perception of STEM as fun, rewarding, and impactful.