2020 Tech Series
What Is the 2020 Tech Series?
STEM Without Boundaries presents the 2020 Tech Series to offer advice towards students during the pandemic about topics ranging from career exploration to college admissions. The playlist launched on July 1st, 2020. Explore this page to learn all about our inspiring panelists from top tier colleges, NASA, Microsoft, and Google! We hope that through our Tech Series, students can gain helpful insight and information!
How Can I Get Access to the Videos?
All 2020 Tech Series videos are uploaded on our Youtube Channel. Click here to find them!
Introducing Our 2020 Panelists
We are so excited to announce our 34 panelists!
My name is Hamsavardhini "Anu" Thirunarayanan from San Mateo, California, and I will be attending the University of California, Berkeley. I am involved in the Students of Color Environmental Collective (an environmental justice group for BIPOC), Cal Rotaract (the college level of Rotary), Womxn in Math (for which I am academic chair), and Data Scholars (a program for underrepresented students in the field of Data Science).
Zoe Simon is an incoming freshman at Princeton University intending to study Operations Research & Financial Engineering. She was accepted to 17 of the 19 schools she applied to and received over a million dollars in merit scholarships. Zoe has recently been named as a Presidential Scholar, National Merit Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar, National AP Scholar, Academic All-American, and her class’s Valedictorian.
Audrey Pe (@audreyisabelpe) is an incoming freshman at Stanford University and the Founder and Executive Director of WiTech (@witechorg)- a nonprofit organisation based in the Philippines that aims to educate, inspire, and empower youth to make a difference and break gender barriers using technology. A two-time TEDx, ASEAN and UN speaker, she has delivered over 30+ talks and has also been featured in Esquire and the Philippine STAR.
Anna Michmerhuizen is a PhD candidate in her third year in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program at the University of Michigan where she is completing her graduate work in the lab of Dr. Corey Speers. Anna is also a trainee in the Training Program in Translational Research. Anna has worked on multiple research projects at Calvin, and she also took part in a summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF) program at the Mayo Clinic in 2016.
Neha Malepati is an ambitious young woman and an incoming freshman at Cornell University. She is a recent graduate of New Jersey’s Governor’s STEM Scholars, a yearlong program in which 95 Scholars are selected statewide to perform government sponsored STEM research, in which she completed a project on crowdchain - a blockchain based crowdsourced software development.
My name is Isabella Wloch. In the fall, I will be attending the University of Michigan to study biochemistry. I will be pursuing undergraduate research opportunities as a student in the M-Sci Academy, a two year program within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Over the past couple of years, I grew the GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) program at Hillside elementary school.
Nadine is a rising college sophomore in Applied Mathematics at Berkeley City College. She will spend her summer working on a satellite tracker using a raspberry pi, as well as keeping up with her three summer courses, including an Introductory Aerospace Engineering course through MIT. Along with these, she will be a blogger for the online women in STEM publication, Girl Genius Magazine, for the second issue in a row.
Dr. Margaret Dominguez is an optical engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She earned her B.S in Physics from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. Margaret has been working at NASA since 2008, where she started as a summer intern. Margaret has conducted optical design, alignment and metrology on the ground support equipment for the James Webb Space Telescope.
Shilpi Shah is a junior at UC Berkeley, studying Economics and Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science. During her two years at Cal, Shilpi has been heavily involved with Berkeley Women in Business (BWIB), and Berkeley Venture Capital (BVC), where she had the opportunity to lead a panel on Women in Venture Capital, exposing many students to this niche field.
Christa Ventresca is a first-year PhD student in the Human Genetics department and one of the Curriculum Chairs of U-MYScI! Previously she did her undergraduate training at Vassar College and worked as a postbac at the NIH. She also plays saxophone, dances, and performs with Photonix (University of Michigan's glowsticking club).
I’ve been at Microsoft for ten years, and I lead a team of user researchers and product managers dedicated to shifting engineering culture from tech-focused to customer-centric. I’ve found that the diversity of my experience informs my ideas and approach and grounds me in customer empathy whether it is for our colleagues who take part in our customer connection events or the billions of people who use Microsoft products and services every day.
Meghan Mehta is a Developer Advocate at Google. Previously she has worked at Disney, PwC, Yelp, Foursquare and Northrop Grumman. She is committed to breaking the stereotypes of what an engineer looks like and a strong advocate for women in technology. She is also an accomplished opera singer and blues dancer and recently started writing sketch comedy.
Leila Khan is an incoming freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the founder of Bridge The Gap, an organization dedicated to providing tutoring services and public speaking classes to refugee students. In recent months, Leila has been named a William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year Finalist, Flinn Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and Valedictorian of her class.
Bianca helps develop summer research programs for highschool students at KCI. Bianca is a four year varsity runner and captain of her school’s cross country and track team, for which she has helped organize several fundraisers. Bianca is a National Merit Finalist and has earned a full scholarship to her local university. She will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall.
Hrishika has gained valuable experience, founding and running a non-profit association- raising over $25,000 through fundraisers. Interested in the field of medicine, she has conducted maternal health research in Detroit and is the president of her school’s Red Cross Chapter. Hrishika will be attending Cornell University this fall as a Human Biology, Health and Society major.
My name is Robin Ryce, I’m from Detroit, Michigan, and I’m currently attending the University of Michigan where I’m in my fourth year studying electrical engineering. I’m heavily involved on campus with NSBE and currently serve as the NSBE Jr. (PCI) Chair. I’m involved in NSBE and Intramural Volleyball.
Karina is a Maker at heart who is inspired by the power of technology and 3D-printing. She is currently a rising Sophomore at Cornell University's Dyson School of Business where she pursues social entrepreneurship through technology. She has started an innovative 3D-printed clothing line, Wear Alpha, and one of the largest coalitions of Makers to 3D-print PPE for the medical workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.
Chinmayi Balusu is an student at Columbia University pursuing the life sciences and medical humanities. She is the founder and CEO of Simply Neuroscience, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering students' interdisciplinary interests in the brain. Chinmayi also serves as a Leadership Board member of 500 Women Scientists, a non-profit working to make science open, inclusive, and accessible and support women in STEM.
Caitlin Stanton is a recent graduate of Cornell University. She's interned at places including Microsoft and Qualcomm, and will be a hardware engineering intern at Lyft Level 5 in their autonomous vehicles division this summer. She's an advocate for diversity in tech through her public speaking and social media initiatives, and thoroughly enjoys opening up all kinds of students to the power of technology.
Izzy Lapidus is a 17-year-old advocate, entrepreneur, researcher, and writer from Brooklyn, New York. Izzy is the co-founder and CEO of First Empower. She conducts astrophysics research under a postdoctoral astrophysics fellow at the American Museum of Natural History on brown dwarf binaries. Izzy is also a writer for Girl Genius Magazine, where she writes articles on her STEM projects.
I am a rising junior at the University of Michigan double majoring in Physics and Astronomy. Research has been an important part of my time in college, and I have experience in both earth science and astronomy. I am working on methods to use survey data to search for and validate potentially new Trans-Neptunian Objects located at the edge of the solar system. I will be serving as Advocacy Chair for the Society of Physics Students at U of M.
I am a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in physics and mathematics. I serve as President of the University of Michigan Society of Physics Students. I have conducted research for two years with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the first group to observe gravitational waves from merging black holes. I am currently an intern in the NASA Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory.
Marisa is 18 and a rising college freshman from Grand Prairie, Texas. She is attending the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall and is majoring in computer engineering. Marisa is currently a Texas Regional Leader for the nonprofit organization Supergirls Code, a three time Kode With Klossy scholar, and a volunteer reporter for the storytelling platform Channel Kindness.
Savitha Srinivasan is an incoming freshman at Stanford University. She worked on developing machine learning techniques to improve cancer blockade therapy at the Harvard Medical School . She is a 2020 Coca-Cola Scholar, 2020 Regeneron STS Scholar, and Intel ISEF 2nd Place winner. She is the Founder & President of Art You (@artyou2015), a 501(c)3 global non profit, and She Codes Art (@shecodesart).
Snehaa Ganesh Kumar is a rising freshman at UC Berkeley. She was the runner-up of the 2016 Scripps National Bee, and has competed in the National Astrophysics Olympiad and National Brain Bee. She combined her passion for academic competitions and the community that came with it, along with her experience as a woman in a male-dominated field, to found the Queen Bee Project – an award winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit!
Nada Jaradat is undergraduate studying biochemistry at U-M. She currently serves as the co-administrative director of U-MYScI. She Working with young students is a huge passion of her, and combing it with science is the perfect mix. U-MyScI has been a great experience in these past few years and she is excited for this year’s camp! Other things, she enjoys besides science are volleyball, running and simply sitting in the sun.
Jonathan Gurkan graduated in May, 2020 from U-M with a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is currently in his second term as co-curriculum director of U-MYScI. Through U-MYScI, he hopes to be able to help curate a fun and engaging curriculum that will help expose students to a variety of aspects in science.
My name is Katie Grant and I am a senior at Michigan State University studying civil engineering! I am from Chicago, IL, and ever since a young age have love architecture, which led to my passion for civil engineering work. I am on the E-board for American Society of Civil engineers (ASCE) at MSU, a member of Chi Epsilon, a leader in my sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, and work with Women In Engineering through K- 12 outreach.
Marissa is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She was very involved in the Engineering Honors Program as a peer advisor and member of the Honors Student Advisory Board. She had the opportunity for several experiences abroad through the University - teaching biology and tutoring on a service learning trip in Malawi, doing research in Germany, and co-leading an Honors global outreach trip to Guatemala.
Ashley has worked for a law firm, conducted public health research at the University of Michigan and oncology research at Cornell, led a 7,500 student member organization, and founded a nonprofit dedicated to providing music education in low income neighborhoods. Accepted by 5 Ivy League schools among others, she will major in Economics at Princeton this fall.
Over the last 2 years Vibha has earned distinction in numerous national math competitions, led a chapter of a nonprofit organization making education more accessible to local Detroit students, and participated in research studies promoting HPV awareness in Michigan. Vibha is a National Merit Finalist. She will be attending University of Pennsylvania in the Fall.
Mary, an incoming freshman at Brown University, is furthering her passion for education with InReach! She's no stranger to tutoring or the college admission process. The previous year, she guided fellow students to discovering their academic interests, found summer programs to enrich younger minds, and tutored students in her town in math, English, and music.
Patented inventor, Dr. Arlyne Simon, is a biomedical engineer and author of a children’s book series called Abby Invents. Arlyne invented a blood test that detects when cancer patients reject bone marrow transplants. She holds a Ph.D. in macromolecular science and engineering from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in chemical & biomolecular engineering from Georgia Tech.