Poway Excessive Faculty senior Madalyn Nguyen was just lately honored with the celebrated SWENext World Innovator Award.
The award acknowledges excellent younger ladies who’re shaping the way forward for the Society of Ladies Engineers by creating an engineering identification in themselves and others, organizers mentioned.
Nguyen is certainly one of six college students who gained the worldwide competitors. The award is given by the Society of Ladies Engineers by way of their SWENext program, which is organized for women aged 18 and youthful. It’s the final honor a SWENext member can obtain, and features a $1,000 scholarship.
Nguyen has been fascinated by robotics since a younger age, and has labored to share her ardour by beginning new golf equipment, mentoring college students and taking part in quite a few outreach packages.
Kelly Kloster Hon, SWE San Diego president, mentioned she has recognized Nguyen for the previous few years.
“Madalyn is a pure chief who offers her ardour initiatives her all,” Kloster Hon mentioned. “She is an inspiration to college students and adults alike as her enthusiasm for making a distinction is contagious.”
“Madalyn is curious and fearless with regards to taking over new challenges and persistently demonstrates success in her endeavors as a result of she places the arduous work and power into making certain it’s so,” she mentioned.
Nguyen’s love of STEM — science, know-how, engineering and math — has led to plenty of awards. The 17-year-old is a three-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, acquired the Northrop Grumman SWENext Group Award, the Ladies Dwelling STEM Award, A California Hero Award and others.
She mentioned the World Innovator award holds particular significance.
“This award focuses on the scholars’ information and pursuit of engineering, and find out how to use that to higher their neighborhood and encourage different younger women,” she mentioned. “This can be a very thrilling time for me; it’s the capstone of my STEM and highschool expertise.”
Nguyen credit her preliminary love of STEM to Legos, these well-known interlocking plastic bricks.
“As a younger child, I cherished Legos; they had been my bread and butter,” she mentioned. “At age 8, I acquired a Lego equipment with motors and sensors and I constructed my first robotic. I saved constructing robots and even constructed one to harass my youthful sister.”
Nguyen is the daughter of Carmel Mountain Ranch residents Michael and Tracy Nguyen. Her father works for an power firm and her mom is an optometrist in non-public follow in Kearny Mesa. Nguyen’s youthful sister, Abby, 16, has additionally been honored with a number of awards from SWE.
By the point Nguyen received to sixth grade, she joined a program often called FIRST Lego League, which conjures up youth to become involved in science and know-how. She by no means appeared again and her curiosity in STEM and robotics continued to develop.
Nguyen has supported and impressed others alongside the way in which. She based the Society of Ladies Engineers Membership at Poway Excessive, created the Ladies in STEM Inspiration Day (attended by 100 women and fogeys), has managed or facilitated greater than 100 outreach actions and mentors greater than 10 FIRST robotics groups.
She additionally traveled to Paraguay to assist host a robotics competitors and promote ladies in engineering on the Universidad of Asuncion.
And she or he began a FIRST Robotics program at Wilson Center Faculty in San Diego’s Metropolis Heights neighborhood, a low socioeconomic neighborhood.
“The FIRST Lego League at Wilson Center Faculty shall be Madalyn’s legacy, as it’s thriving going into their fourth yr,” Tracy Nguyen mentioned.
“I noticed Madalyn had a ardour for engineering at a younger age, and cherished seeing her mix her expertise with advocacy for the underrepresented and underserved communities,” she mentioned. “It’s spectacular that she is acknowledged by SWE. Our household is so proud that she is a trailblazer and change-maker.”
Heather Doty, previous president of SWE, mentioned she has been impressed with Nguyen’s enthusiasm, intelligence and need to assist others.
“She may be very deserving of the SWENext World innovator Award,” Doty mentioned. “I can’t wait to see what she does subsequent.”
Wanting forward, Madalyn plans to use to a school in California. She is leaning towards programming, software program engineer and pc science packages.
“It’s an honor to have this award and I’m excited to maneuver on from right here,” she mentioned. “I’m actually fortunate to have a supportive mother and know what I needed to do from a younger age. If I can encourage even one child to search out their ardour in STEM and robotics, I take into account it a job nicely achieved.”