First Name

Mia

Last Name

H.

Bio

Mia is junior at The Academies of Engineering and Technology (AET) and Stone Bridge High School (SBHS) in Loudoun County VA. At AET, Mia focuses her studies on information and technology. The information and technology students are required to design, develop, and conduct multiple research projects. Mia completes the remainder of her non-technical courses (Latin V, AP English, and AP History) at SBHS. In the future, Mia plans to attend the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) to study Computer Science with a focus on cybersecurity. Mia participated in NASA’s Virginia Space Coast Scholars summer learning program at NASA’s Wallops Island facility during 2018. To demonstrate that had the knowledge and skills to successfully participate in this summer program, Mia completed a rigorous course during her sophomore year in high school that that included a capstone project titled Frequency of Lunar Meteorite Impacts She developed a plan for a lunar mission that was designed to assess the likelihood that lunar meteorites would collide with, and have a devastating effect on, spacecraft, astronauts, or buildings located on the Moon’s surface. During the summer of 2018, Mia also spent a week working as a congressional aide for Congresswoman, Brenda Lawrence (14th District of Michigan). Mia gained experience helping the congresswoman respond to constituent requests and, because of Mia’s STEM background, she drafted a position paper on the topic of net neutrality and learned that the Federal government will play a major role in determining whether citizens living in rural areas in the US will have access to reliable and inexpensive Internet access. Outside of school, Mia serves as the Chair of the Student Advisory Committee for the Loudoun County Commission on Women and Girls. She also serves on the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Area Board of Directors, as a member of the STEM committee, and is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. For the Gold award, Mia decided to use her love of technology to develop a partnership between AET and the local senior center. She began the project by developing a survey to assess the computing support needs for seniors. She analyzed the results to determine which areas to focus on and provide student support. Students from AET visit the senior center on teacher work days and assist seniors with their technology needs. This has been a partnership that has been beneficial for both the students and the seniors. Mia volunteered for local Girls in Technology (GIT) STEM programs sponsored by the Women in Technology (WIT) to help elementary and middle school girls learn about the opportunities for girls to have careers in the information technology field. Mia lives in Ashburn, VA with her parents and younger sister