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Kylea Ho

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An aspiring creative aiming to bridge the gap between technology and humans for an effortless, elevated future.

Education

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
    • Design and Applied Arts

Maumee Valley Country Day Sch

High School
2019 - 2021

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Computer and Information Sciences, General
    • Design and Applied Arts
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer Software

    • Dream career goals:

      Creative Director, Software Engineer, IP Lawyer

    • Founder, Marketing Strategist

      Self-created online store
      2017 – 20192 years

    Research

    • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering

      RMIT University, American Center HCMC — Student Researcher
      2021 – 2021

    Arts

    • Gia Dinh High School

      Photography
      Fashion lookbooks , Social media posts , Student-directed photoshoots
      2018 – 2019
    • Maumee Valley Country Day School

      Illustration
      Paintings displayed at Marcy Kaptur Ninth Congressional District Art Exhibition 2020 and received University of Toledo Award
      2019 – 2021

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      The Elderly Saigon — Digital Content Producer, Volunteer
      2020 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Hoa Phuong Do Ho Chi Minh City — Head of Social Media Strategy, Digital Content Producer
      2018 – 2019

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Dynamic Edge Women in STEM Scholarship
    Navigation robot for the visually impaired - a new technology that I believe is indispensable. This invention comes under different names, through different projects: CaBot, Baxter Robot, BlindPilot, etc., but they agree on the fundamental goal to assist disabled people in everyday life. As stated in the social model of disability, "disability resides in the society, not in the person." "Disability" is often viewed as a defect in a person's body; but the real defect is society's unwillingness to meet that person's needs. A paraplegic has limited mobility in a multistory building not because of their legs, but because said building lacks an elevator, a wheelchair or equivalent tools to accommodate them. Same goes for blindness. Since most of us rely on reading signs to navigate, most spaces are made unwelcoming to blind people. But! Navigation robots can amend that. By putting audio, sensors, tactile interface into a headwear, or a handwear, or a suitcase-sized robot, whatever form it may takes, this technology un-handicaps spaces and helps people with vision loss. I did, once, plan a special needs robot for a robotics class. I owe the inspiration and passion for this project to my grandma. In the last decades of her life, she had glaucoma. As her vision deteriorated, I, a witless toddler, had nary an idea how daunting it was. All I was was upset. Grandma loved driving me to school, but then she stopped. Grandma loved taking me to the store, she stopped that, too. Grandma loved playing dolls with me, then I was routinely told to sweep the floor clean of toys. I did not understand how noises in public areas, inability to read signs or perceive movable objects hindered grandma - all because she relied on other senses, hearing and touch, to navigate. These environments were incompatible with her condition. Grandma also loved sunsets. She flew kites with me every Sunday until sunset. Long after she was diagnosed, she asked me how the sky looked. Even as witless as I was, I must say I nailed the description. I said the clouds' bottoms were pinkish like cotton candies, their tops dark like my hair, the horizon was my kite's color - orange, with a golden lining, like grandma's bracelet, where it dipped below heaps of roofs. I pried her hand opened so the night's early breezes can caress her gaunt fingers, and through my boisterous laugh, she would know my kite flew up to new heights that evening. With technology, we can invent and reinvent as much as we want, until the invention caters to the need of every user. This is what technology means to me: helping people with needs. As needs evolve and expland, so do inventions. We must thrive for barrier-free spaces in pursuit of a future where people with disabilities are not punished for their condition, where they are not stripped of opportunities to jobs, education, life enjoyment, because of our spaces' incapability. I am in school for industrial design and information technology. The core to many creative works and engineering is the same: problem-solving. Whenever I make an product, I ask myself what problem it solves and how it benefits others. That is my objective: elevating quality of life. I want to combine technology and the arts to design a world where our environment does not confine people, but enables them.