First Name

Michelle

Last Name

B.

Bio

Michelle is currently a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential public school with a focus on STEM. She was first introduced to technology when she used her clunky 2004 Dell Desktop as a means of learning reading and mathematics through Starfall, a website that provided a plethora of resources for her enthralled, preschooler self. Since then, she has continually utilized technology as a platform for discovery and education, whether it’s through an online course on Computational Medicinal Chemistry or YouTube documentary videos. She has also taken advantage of the myriad of STEM opportunities in her school, including a course on Procedural Programming, Mathematical Modeling, and Complex Systems. Outside of the classroom, she loves to share her love of technology by creating learning opportunities in her community. She just finished serving as the Program Leader for an AspireIT program called “STEM Like a Girl.” This free, after-school program provided twenty young girls living under the Durham Housing Authority with a unique technology-focused curriculum, with topics ranging from app development to drone flight. To make the program happen, she collaborated with other leaders at North Carolina Central University, the Kramden Institute, and Google Fiber. She also has worked as a volunteer, session assistant, and eventually, Program Leader during the last four summers for various Information Technology-focused summer camps at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Over the past summer, she also conducted medical research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a nanoparticle drug formulation for pancreatic cancer. She absolutely loves to present her research and even had a chance to present to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors as a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar. Another accomplishment that she is proud of is working with her peers and engineers at NASA Langley to create and pitch a vibration-isolation box at Kennedy Space Center for the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge. In her free time, she loves to think of creative technology/business ventures and watch videos, TV shows, and movies on food, makeup, celebrities, politics, and more. She also enjoys traveling the world and trying new foods. Michelle will most likely be attending Stanford University to explore computer science, entrepreneurship, business, and economics. She wants to create her own social venture that combines innovation with a desire to improve the world.