Madeleine (Maddie) is currently a Senior at Notre Dame High School in San Jose, where she is enrolled in a specialized, accelerated STEAM pathway. Passionate about math and science, Maddie's favorite subjects are AP Physics, AP Computer Science, and AP Calculus. She is also a National Honor Society member, and a member of Girls Who Code. Self-taught in C++, Java, Python, and Swift, Maddie is an active member of FRC 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, and works collaboratively to strategize with other teams. 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. As a Junior, 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. This past summer, Maddie worked as a Math Department Intern at her high school, helping female students to build confidence in their math skills, and assisting with one-on-one and small group instruction. Maddie enjoys inspiring others by sharing her love of technology. 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. As a member of Food Allergy Research and Education's (FARE's) Teen Advisory Group (TAG), Maddie serves as an advocate and voice for teens and young adults with food allergies. Drawing on her own experiences living with life-threatening food allergies, she works to support legislation and create resources for the food allergic community, and is a featured speaker at the Contains: Courage FARE Summit 2019. An accomplished Black Belt in the Tang Soo Do style of karate, she has won multiple awards in sparring, forms, and spirit, and has worked as an Assistant Instructor. Next year, Maddie plans to attend college and study Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University.

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