SWENext Global Innovator Award Recipients


For building a solid foundation toward future success and fulfillment in engineering by demonstrating intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, persistence, and leadership.

Teresa, New York

Teresa is a rising senior from New York with a strong passion for engineering and mathematics. She is a co-inventor of two granted U.S. patents in the field of optics and is the only high-school student to receive the 2022 SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers) Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship. In addition, She is a two-times AIME qualifier (American Invitational Mathematics Examination) and two-times Math Prize for Girls Contest qualifier. Teresa aspires to pursue an academic career in electrical and computer engineering.

Geetika, Indiana

Geetika, an aspiring biomedical and computer engineer from Indiana, has a strong passion for engineering and enjoys engaging with the field through organizations like SWE. She is also able to share and grow her love of engineering with her peers through being president of her local SWENext club. After graduating high school, she hopes to pursue computer engineering.

Genevieve, Nevada

Genevieve, an aspiring robotics and software engineer from Nevada, has been inspiring youth to embrace STEM through a multitude of initiatives for more than six years. By building partnerships throughout her community, Genevieve has benefitted firsthand from strong SWE mentors. As an aspiring technologist, Genevieve looks forward to merging her business and STEM acumen.

Ankita, California

Ankita, an aspiring computer science and software engineer from California, is the co-founder and president of Digital Educate, a global non-profit organization focused on bridging access to education and increasing gender diversity in STEM. During the pandemic, she has taught free programming and coding classes to more than 500 students from 10 states and three countries. Ankita is the president of her school’s Girls Who Code club, where she mentors girls on computer science skills. She is also a 2022 SWENext High School Leadership Academy ambassador and a recipient of the 2022 WE Local SWENext STEM in Action Award.

Ellee, Pennsylvania

Ellee is an aspiring biomedical and computer engineer from Pennsylvania. She is the president and founder of her high school’s SWENext club and serves on the TechGirlz teen advisory board, leading and organizing computer science classes for middle school students.

Kavya, California

Kavya, an avid STEM enthusiast from California, is a young researcher interested in computational biology, materials science, and bioengineering. She has worked on interdisciplinary projects combining computer science and 3D imaging to create solutions to everyday prevalent problems. These individual projects have led to publications and awards for her contribution to the young STEM community. Her favorite subjects in school are biology and calculus.

Sophia, Nevada

Sophia is a rising senior and aspiring mechanical engineer from Nevada. She is the captain of her robotics team and has led her team to win the state championship four times. In her free time, Sophia loves to volunteer, paint, and read.

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