Michael Dell was only 19 years old when he founded Dell out of his University of Texas dorm room. And we all know the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook during college as well. Who will be among the next generation of science and technology visionaries to change our world? And more importantly, might some of these game-changers be women? We certainly think so, given the remarkable talent of the rising stars highlighted below. Get inspired by these brilliant and hardworking women looking to take the STEM world by storm.
Jessica Mah, Founder of InDinero
Talk about getting an early start. Jessica Mah was 13 when she started her first company, 15 when she graduated high school and 19 when she finished her computer science degree at UC-Berkeley. But perhaps her biggest (and most high profile) achievement to date is founding InDinero, a company that creates software to help small startup businesses manage their finances.
Meredith Perry, Founder of uBeam
This first-time entrepreneur and recent college grad knows how to attract attention. Her first startup company, uBeam, hasn’t quite launched, but major players in the tech industry like Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer have already decided to invest. It’s easy to see why—uBeam, a wireless charging device, will enable you to charge multiple other devices at the same time. With all the gadgets we’re charging these days, Perry has made herself a tech whiz to watch.
Callie Schweitzer, Marketing and Communications Director
In the tech industry, it’s not just about who’s inventing the latest software or gadgets. Callie Schweitzer, described by others as “the future of media,” brings her entrepreneurial business sense to the tech world. Currently, she works for Vox Media overseeing corporate brand management and awareness. And she’s no stranger to Twitter—Time Magazine recently named her feed one of the world’s best.
Clara Fannjiang, Science/Astronomy
Year after year, you can find some of the most talented scientific teenage minds in the country through Intel’s annual “Science Talent Search.” Among 2012’s finalists was eighteen-year-old Fannjiang, who received a $20,000 award for developing enhanced radio telescope data collection methods. Her work may help astronomers see farther into the universe, generating clearer images. It took her 18 months (and a lot of math) to complete her work, which was eventually published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Catherine Cook, myYearbook.com
High school coursework must not have been enough to keep Catherine Cook busy! She co-founded myYearbook.com—an immensely popular website for teens—when she was just 15 years old. The site now rakes in eight figures yearly and remains one of the most trafficked sites in the US, especially after merging with site Quepasa in a $100 million deal.
Abigail Harrison, Entrepreneur and Future Astronaut
You read about Astronaut Abby last week, but she still deserves a place on this list! As you know, 15-year-old Abigail Harrison has some big plans…involving Mars. In short, she wants to be the first astronaut to set foot on the Red Planet by 2030. How is she achieving her goals? With a savvy social networking campaign and lots of determination. She earned enough to travel to Russia to witness a Soyuz rocket launch carrying her mentor, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. And throughout Parmitano’s mission (which began this month), she’s serving as an “Earth Liaison,” updating her followers via social media.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Want to see more? Check out this video of talented and STEM-minded high school girls showing off their scientific projects to the Commander in Chief himself, President Obama.
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