Markforged Distinguished Women Engineers Grant

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Markforged
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$2,355
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Nov 19, 2021
Winners Announced
Dec 18, 2021
Education Level
Graduate, Undergraduate
9
Contributions
Eligibility Requirements
Gender:
Woman-identifying
Gender:
Woman-identifying

From robotics to material science, some of the most exciting, world-changing innovation and economic opportunity today is happening at the cutting edge of engineering fields.

Unfortunately, while breakthroughs in technology ought to serve everyone equally, the teams and individuals driving innovation in engineering fields are not typically reflective of our population.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that women will hold just 20% of computing jobs by 2025, a gap that has gotten worse in the last 30 years.

In robotics and 3D printing, where our Markforged team is at the forefront of the digital manufacturing revolution, the lack of gender diversity is just as prevalent.

We see this as not just an opportunity problem, but also as an impact problem. Technology itself suffers from the lack of diversity, as evidenced by problems like AI programs exhibiting racial and gender biases.

Diverse teams are more innovative and show better financial results than those that aren’t, and it is in all of our best interests to ensure equality of opportunity and strong diversity in engineering fields.

As one part of this, the Markforged team has come together to create this grant for women in engineering fields at leading technical universities.

The grant will be awarded to a woman studying any engineering field at a top-tier technical undergraduate or graduate university program in the US.

Additionally, applicants to this grant will be considered for current and future internships and job opportunities at Markforged as part of an innovative, industry-leading team that is transforming manufacturing.

While applicants from any engineering field are welcome, candidates who have demonstrated excellence in cloud computing, material science, industrial design, 3D printing, manufacturing, etc. will be given preference.

Women
Selection Criteria:
Engineering Excellence
$2,355
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Nov 19, 2021
Winners Announced
Dec 18, 2021
Education Level
Graduate, Undergraduate
9
Contributions
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Essay Topic

If you had an unlimited budget, how would you use the funds to further your projects that are already underway, or for future STEM-related projects?

500–1000 words

Winning Application

Jordan Hemmerly
University of Hawaii at HiloHilo, HI
I have always known I wanted to move toward the fields of engineering and math while also staying conscious of my personal interest in the marine environment with particular emphasis on coral reef ecology. Coral has unique biological structures, chemical signatures that contribute to modern medicine, and massive pertinentence to the stability of all global productivity despite evolving anthropogenic factors. This profound interest has guided me to the Big Island of Hawaii. I strongly considered whether or not it was logical to move onto an isolated volcano thousands of miles into the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the pursuit of a higher education, a better understanding of the global ocean’s reef products, and their potential benefit to human life. I am now extremely proud to share I believe I have found a platform within which I am able to express and grow all of my interests equally. The degradation of coral reefs, at this point, is historically documentable. This is a great misfortune to societal advancement in a variety of biological and chemical sciences at bare minimum. My desire is to focus on creation and implementation of products or systems designed to ease the workload of computing total reef resilience over a long-term timeframe. I‎ resolutely aspire to expand my knowledge of marine engineering, bioinformatic processes, and the use of 3D mapping/printing because I am certain that these technologies offer profoundly promising new ways to connect people with information. I regularly find myself positively mystified by the absolutely infinite array of ability that new technologies and upgraded designs offer those in pursuit of questions that can be answered scientifically. I recently completed the ‘Ike Wai Data Science Summer Scholar internship program. I am currently working with University of Hawaii at Hilo's Multi-scale Environmental Graphical Analysis (MEGA) laboratory as an undergraduate research assistant where I conduct tasks that vary across the disciplines of marine engineering, data analysis, and marine biology. I routinely apply 3D photogrammetry (ArcMap, ArcGIS, etc.) technology to create, analyze, and quantify characteristics of high resolution habitat reconstructions throughout the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. I have been trained in analytical geospatial methodological practices and demography quantification procedures in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) alongside the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC). I am funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). I regularly use statistical analysis, regression modeling, and 3D multivariate analyses in various coding languages (R, Python, HTML, etc.) to predict and present information about coral resilience and ecosystem functionality. I am absolutely enthralled to currently be working toward a deeper understanding of Bayesian statistical approaches in the hopes of expanding my personal skills and improving the immediate readability of our time-series visualizations. My annotations and visualizations have been selected to assist in machine learning exploration and have been featured as idyllic output examples. I aspire to work more directly with machine learning in the near future with the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of how my annotations are being used to automate the process of mapping and information gathering. In the long term I hope to make a substantial contribution to international science center’s showcases by modernizing the overall process of scientific research from data collection to publication and revolutionizing the presentation of information. This experience has fully changed my life in ways I am so grateful for it becomes difficult to express without emotional involvement. I appreciate your time and sincerely hope to be considered for this scholarship so that I may continue to expand my knowledge base, connect with professionals/mentors, and work toward innovating oceanic technologies.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 19, 2021. Winners will be announced on Dec 18, 2021.