Engineering for Your Community

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Website & Community Manager, National Academy of Engineering

"Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2018 EngineerGirl essay contest!"

Engineering for Your Community

PostedTuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:29 AM

Engineering for Your Community

The National Academy of Engineering congratulates the winners of the 2018 EngineerGirl essay competition! This year’s contest asked students in grades 3 to 12 to pick an infrastructure system in their community and write about how the system could be improved. The infrastructure systems were divided into categories: transportation, water treatment, energy, public safety, communication, financial security, health care and recreation. Prizes were awarded to students based on grade level.

“It is always inspiring to see the ideas and solutions young people come up with to fix our infrastructure problems. When you read the essays of these potential future engineers, you can’t help but feel our world will be in good hands. A hearty congratulations to the winners!” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr.

Among 3rd to 5th grade students, Aditi Gokhale, a third-grader at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, placed first for her essay, "Piezo-Powered Self-Healing Roads," about using self-repairing roads to fix the pothole problems in her hometown.

Seventh-grader Anvitha Mahankali, from Stoller Middle School in Portland, Oregon, won first place among entries from 6th to 8th graders for her essay, "'BioPro' — Bioswale Maintenance Made Easier," which explores the idea of creating sensors to detect bioswale maintenance problems.

Among 9th to 12th graders, Aditi Misra, an 11th-grader at St. Joseph Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, placed first for her essay, "Forward with Flywheels — The Energy Storage of the Future," which is about investing in flywheel energy storage systems in Mississauga to serve the Ontario energy grid.

The 2018 EngineerGirl essay contest was sponsored by Chevron Corp. and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, and Science. We encourage you to read all of the winning essays and view the other finalists or review the contest description to see the requirements. Awards are $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. Certificates are given for honorable mentions. Additional winners are listed below.

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