2017 Science Engineering Fair Houston

We attended our first awards ceremony of the 2017 EDAP season, and it was one for the books. Look at how many young ladies were awarded for their achievements in STEM at this year’s SEFH! We are so proud to be a part of so many competitions that allow students to showcase their amazing abilities in these areas. These winners will be recognized again onstage at Energy Day Festival in October.

Grand Prize Winners
(look at all of the young ladies!)

Paige Moore

Paige Moore graduated Valedictorian from Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA), an Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) school, in 2016, and she is currently attending Smith College in Massachusetts.

She was active in community service, science, and leadership oriented activities at Young Women’s. In the summer of 2016, she interned at Texas Children’s Hospital to research a vaccine. She is now an AEMES (Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences) Scholar and will be conducting research with a faculty member at her new school, Smith College. Paige is optimistic and enthusiastic about starting her new journey.

Paige’s Academic Accomplishments:

  • Interned at Baylor College of Medicine to do research (2015-2016)
  • VEX Robotics (2012-2016)
  • Goodwill Industries of Houston Volunteer Work, helped homeless veterans (2012-2016)
  • EMERGE College Readiness Program (2012-2016)
  • Houston ISD District Science Fair (2013-2015)

Jeffrey (Jaewoo) Heo

Jeffrey (Jaewoo) Heo is currently (2016) a junior attending school at Seoul International School, South Korea. He moved from Korea to Singapore, where he lived for a year and attended an international school for the first time in 2nd grade. While living in Singapore became comfortable with the English language.

Although his parents both majored in non-science subjects, he was always fascinated by technological developments; inventions or discoveries that benefitted the well-being of mankind especially appealed to his interests. He is greatly motivated to find a way to replace fossil fuels with solar technology after he took the opportunity to study extensively on solar technology.

Academic Achievements:

Freshman, Sophomore Year High Honor Student

Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference (KAIAC) Science Olympiad Bronze Medalist for Chemistry (2015)

Korea Science and Engineering Fair (KSEF) 2nd Place for Engineering Category (2016)

Princeton University Physics Competition 2016 Honorable Mentions

Google Science Fair 2016 Regional Finalist

ISWEEEP 2016 Gold Medalist at Energy Category, Grand Award Winner at Energy Category

Uma Sethuraman

Uma Sethuraman is currently (2016) an 11th grade student at William P. Clements High School. In her 2016 Science Fair Project, Uma developed a new, innovative approach to the problem of school scheduling by creating a genetic algorithm to optimize school scheduling. For this project, Uma won the 1st place award for her category in both the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. She also won the Oracle Academy First Award in the Systems Software Category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Uma is the Vice President of the Girls in Computing Club at her high school and is an officer of the Computer Science Club at her school. She mentors students at the local middle school coding club in order to instill an interest for computer science in younger generations. In addition, Uma enjoys volunteering as a part of the Red Cross and Interact clubs at her school and is a member of her school’s Science, Math, and Spanish National Honor Societies. Uma has a strong passion for computer science and plans to pursue a career in computing in the future.

Uma’s academic accomplishments include the following:

  • National Runner-Up in the 2016 NCWIT (National Center for Women In Computing) Award for Aspirations in Computing Competition
  • Winner of the 2016 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Texas: Houston Competition
  • Winner of the 2016 NCWIT Energy Day Award for Aspirations in Computing
  • 1st Place Award in the Computer Sciences Division at the 2016 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston
  • Grand Award for 1st Place in the Systems Software Division at the 2016 Texas Science and Engineering Fair
  • Winner of the 2016 Texas Science and Engineering Fair Intel ISEF Award à Mine was one of the 8 Texas Science and Engineering Fair projects chosen to move on to the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
  • Intel ISEF 2016 Finalist
  • Winner of the Intel ISEF 2016 Oracle Academy First Award of $5000 for Outstanding Project in the Systems Software Category
  • 2016 Semifinalist in the Technovation App Challenge Competition
  • Received Academic Excellence Award in middle school and high school
  • Vice President of the Clements High School Girls in Computing Club
  • Officer of the Clements High School Computer Science Club
  • Member of Clements Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Math National Honor Society
  • Member of Clements Red Cross and Clements Interact
  • Mentor/coordinator at the Fort Settlement Middle School Coding Club

Temitope Oye

Temitope Oye won an award for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing in 2016.

Temi has been interested in science, technology, and space since elementary school. She started looking further into her interest in computer science in 6th grade when she started learning HTML. Then she went beyond Computer Science into animation and attended a summer camp at MIT, which taught her about the 3D Animation software, Autodesk Maya.

In high school she enrolled in the computer science AP class in which she learned Java. Then in the summer of her sophomore year she took a summer program at University of Houston, which taught her how to program in C++. In the beginning of her junior year, she joined the computer science team, which competed with other schools in her district.

She was accepted into the NASA Aerospace Scholar program and is currently a member of the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. In the summer of 2016, Temi teamed up with AspireIT and University of Houston to start a summer program to teach middle school girls how to build. Later she joined 19 others at a 7-week Girls Who Code summer immersion program at Google where she learned six new programming languages.

She is currently in her first year of college in Boston, Massachusetts at Northeastern University as a computer science major.

We need more women like Temi in tech, so share her story and spread the word.