First Name

Sheryl

Last Name

H.

Bio

Sheryl is a sophomore at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California. She is an avid computer scientist, mathematician, leader, and entrepreneur who is passionate about using technology for social benefit. Sheryl is the CEO of the junior varsity underwater robotics team, MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education), at her school. She is responsible for leading a group of students to create a ROV that can perform tasks such as inspecting dams, installing trash racks, and collecting data. She played a large role as Software Architect in the team’s 5th place finish at the 2019 MATE Monterey regional last year and became the first freshmen to earn the title of Most Valuable Roboticist. As the Software Architect, Sheryl designed and programmed the robot’s control system. Sheryl additionally took on the challenge of learning ROS(Robotic Operating System) and building more advanced systems such as PID. Sheryl is currently working on an experiment that will be sent to the International Space Station in the spring of 2020. Her research includes testing the dissociation constant of acetic acid as it erodes coral in a microgravity environment in space. She hopes that her research will shed new light on ocean acidification and osteoporosis. Sheryl is the co-founder of Supply Drop, a company focused on creating an app to optimize donations after natural disasters in order to maximize aid and prevent waste. Supply Drop placed top 20 in the 2019 Diamond Challenge. Currently, she is working on technology to prevent deepfakes and vaping. Sheryl is also heavily involved within her local community. She is the founder and president of her school’s Competitive Programming club in which she teaches advanced students college-level computer science. In addition, she is the vice president of the Girls Who Code club where she introduces fellow females to the exciting world of programming. She would like to study cybersecurity, business, and computer science in a college that will give her opportunities to grow as an activist, entrepreneur, researcher and engineer.