First Name

Chitra

Last Name

S.

Bio

Chitra is currently a senior at the Wake STEM Early College High School, where she takes STEM classes at NC State University as a high schooler along with college students. She was first introduced to how technology worked at the young age of 5, when she held in her hands, what she believed was the epitome of technological advancement: the 1st generation iPod nano. That four-buttoned device sparked her interest in how things worked. She was amazed that she could just press a button and the theme song of Barney would belt out, much to her parents’ consternation. Since then, her interest in technology developed into a fascination. She learned how programming is used in the real world when she joined her school's FRC Robotics team and programmed and designed a robot that competed in state and national competitions. She also learned how programming is used when she and her teammates developed wearable technology that detected symptoms of heat stroke and placed in the top 3 at the NC State University ASSIST Competition. She has been a leader and member of several clubs throughout her educational career and has taken several technology and programming classes including Technology Design and Innovation, Computer Skills and Applications I, II and III, Computer Programming I and II, and Engineering Design I, II, and III. She also has explored many programming languages outside of school, such as C#, Java, Ruby, HTML, and Python. Some of Chitra’s technical accomplishments include her selection as one of three students from North Carolina to be chosen as an NC State University FREEDM Center Young Scholar, completing an NSF-sponsored project along with NC State University undergraduate students and faculty to raise awareness of excessive energy usage. She was also selected to attend competitive computer science camps at Microsoft and NC State University, and won a scholarship to attend the Kode with Klossy camp. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the Duke University Hospital, traveling, and learning about new health-related technological devices and startups. Her future plans include studying computer science or engineering at a four-year university. She would love to study engineering/tech related subjects in college, because she likes how it makes her brain think and analyze critical information.