MEDHA IYER

Outspoken, Tenacious, Easygoing

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light"

 

- Albus Dumbledore

 

BIOGRAPHY

Medha is a student at Santa Clara High School who has been in the STEM Leadership Institute since her freshman year. Since joining the program, Medha has branched out in the field of technology. She participates in competitions like FIRST Tech Challenge and collaborates with the inaugural executive team of the SLI Student Leadership Committee to create invaluable STEM curriculum. Her passion for computer science is reflected in her rigorous extracurricular pursuits. Medha spent last summer as a computational neuroscience research intern under the guidance of Boston University mentors.
 
Over the course of 6 weeks, she collaboratively constructed a neural network that recognizes Parkinson’s Disease by analyzing spiral drawings and will get published in an undergraduate journal. She applies her newfound knowledge of computer vision to her internship at DeepEdge, an AI services company. This year, she led a team to co-create an Android application and business plan for Technovation Challenge. As the co-founder of TinyHacks, a non-profit with a mission to foster design-thinking mindsets and problem-solving skills, Medha hopes to bridge the digital divide by bringing CS to underrepresented youth populations. She is involved with Rotary International through speech competitions and Interact Club. In her free time, Medha loves reading and playing the piano.
 
The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (49ers SLI) provides multi-year, year-round academic support, STEM enrichment, skills training, and leadership opportunities to students in middle and high school. Students, who are with the program for six years from 7th through 12th grade, commit annually to 300+ hours of program learning time in addition to their typical school hours. By cultivating student mastery in STEM subjects and in key skill areas, the program prepares students for college and empowers them to pursue their passions; so that they may become the well-rounded leaders of the future. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is made possible by the strong partnership between Silicon Valley Education Foundation, 49ers Foundation, Chevron, and the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Special Thanks To...

49ers SLI students Danielle B, Stephanie K, & Jennifer L for designing and building this website in 2019.

49ers SLI student Aribah H for editing all headshot photos for this website.

Communications Team Danielle B, Dana C, Aribah H, Halle K, Stephanie K, Jennifer L for editing content and building pages for the 2021 Seniors.

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