ABOUT MADELEINE

Madeleine (Maddie) is a Computer Science and Engineering student at Santa Clara University. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Association for Computing Machinery - Women's Chapter (ACM-W).

Self-taught in C++, Java, Python, and Swift, Maddie was an active member of FRC Team 1967, The Janksters, in high school. She served as Programming Lead on the team and was also a member of Drive Team. In her role as Programming Lead, Maddie developed on-robot code that manually and autonomously controlled mechanisms and equipment during competitions. She also managed other programmers and taught software development. As a Drive Team member, she was the principle driver during competition, and worked 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. As a senior, 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.

 

Advocacy for women in STEM is one of Maddie's passions, and over the years she has encouraged other girls to pursue STEM by participating in outreach events, creating workshops, and serving as a role model for younger girls. She was recently chosen as a National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspirations in Computing (NCWIT) national and affiliate awardee for my strong leadership, advocacy, and computing-related achievements.

 

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.

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