Nallamothu, a high school sophomore from Normal, Illinois, excels in coding and empowering young girls to pursue and persevere in tech-related studies
DES MOINES, IA, USA, May 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Sirihaasa Nallamothu is wired to learn, teach, and help others,” said Cheryl O’Donoghue, CEO at Aspire2STEAM.org. “At just 15 she already possesses a mind-boggling array of coding skills, many of which she taught herself; aspires to solve real and serious health problems facing the world today; and is a positive role model and teacher of girls both younger and older than herself.”
Sirihaasa is also quite motivated. At the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, she was astounded by how long a family friend and others had to wait to get tested for COVID-19 and then get their results. She felt compelled to help create a faster diagnosis process, which led to her expanding her algorithm knowledge and creating a convolutional neural network (CNN) that uses lung x-ray images to determine whether the patient has Pneumonia, COVID-19 or is healthy. The CNN she created has applications for Leukemia and other diseases. Her hard work did not go unnoticed; she recently received a student research position with a professor at University of Illinois.
Sirihaasa used her scholarship award from Aspire2STEAM to help pay for expenses related to receiving her TensorFlow certification, including a summer-long membership with Coursera so she can take the recommended courses to pass her TensorFlow Developer Certificate Exam. “This certification will allow me to expand my knowledge and reach in the machine learning world,” said Sirihaasa. “I also hope to use my knowledge to help develop machine learning lessons that are understandable to middle schoolers.”
Several awards Sirihaasa received for her work through The Dream Code Project and her machine learning solutions include: NCWIT 2021 National Honorable Mention; GripTape Challenger Grant and Award; SWENext STEM in Action Award, 2021 and 2020; NCWIT Illinois Winner 2021 and 2020; NCWIT 2020 National Honorable Mention; COVID-19 Competition Equal Engineers International Winner; Congressional App Challenge IL 18 Runner Up; Rockwell Automation National Semifinalist; Project CS Girls National Finalist, among others.
“We were so excited that Sirihaasa applied for our EXPLORER scholarship so we can get to know her better and share her accomplishments with our loyal supporters and donors who care about closing the gender gap in tech,” said O’Donoghue. “Most people are surprised to learn that talented young women and girls are left behind in many ways. Not only do more young women graduate with student debt than young men, but they are also less likely to receive scholarships…this is especially true for young women of color.”
Aspire2STEAM.org (formerly known as Mission Sisters Who Work) is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide scholarships and mentoring to young women and girls who are working hard—aspiring—to achieve careers that require education in science, tech, engineering, the arts or math…and they could really use a hand up over the incredible barriers of student debt and rising education costs, and the real, ever-present opportunity barriers that still keep them out of most male-dominated industries. These young women are doing their part, let’s help them by doing ours.