First Name

Madeleine

Last Name

W.

Bio

Madeleine is currently a Junior at Notre Dame High School in San Jose, where she is enrolled in a specialized, accelerated STEAM pathway. An accomplished Black Belt in the Tang Soo Do style of karate, Maddie has worked as an Assistant Instructor. Passionate about math and science, her favorite subjects are AP Physics, AP Computer Science, and Trig/Pre-Calc Honors. She is also a National Honor Society member. Self-taught in C++, Java, Python, and Swift, Maddie is an active member of FIRST Robotics Team 1967, The Janksters. She currently serves as Programming Lead on the team and is also a member of Drive Team. In her role as Programming Lead, Maddie develops on-robot code that manually and autonomously controls mechanisms and equipment during competitions. She also manages other programmers and teaches software development. As a Drive Team member, she is the principle driver during competition, collaborates with other teams, and represents the team during alliance selections. Chosen for the unique opportunity to conduct onsite Swift Playgrounds user testing for Apple, Maddie provided feedback that positively impacted the product’s user experience for customers around the world. This past summer, Maddie was selected to work as a High School Embedded Software Intern at NVIDIA, where she collaborated with other interns to develop two neural networks for a humanoid robot to recognize human gestures. Her work was highlighted on the NVIDIA website. Maddie enjoys sharing her love of technology to inspire others. She developed a programming and electronics workshop, which she presented to freshmen girls at her school, volunteered as a STEM teacher for low-income middle-school students, and helped mentor an FLL team. In the future, Maddie plans to attend college and pursue a career in computer science and electrical engineering.