Heritage High School senior Gouzia Sivarajah was awarded the Stand Up for STEM High School Award by the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) Million Women Mentors – Texas in December.
Sivarajah was chosen because she demonstrates a passion for encouraging girls and women to pursue a STEM career by embracing STEM activities and demonstrates leadership in these activities. She continually inspires others through her commitment to pursue a STEM career.
Sivarajah is the founder of SIINNO Technology LLC, a company producing MAVI (Movement Aid for the Visually Impaired). In the summer of 2015, Sivarajah was at a park when she saw a blind individual walk into a low hanging tree branch. She was shocked because the blind individual acted like hitting his head was a somewhat normal occurrence. She went home and did some research.
Later on that year she participated in a science fair and decided to create a device that would help blind individuals travel safely and efficiently, and that was how the MAVI was born. She has worked with faculty and students at Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas to develop and advance her product.
When she’s not running a technology company, she mentors middle school students in the Frisco Education Foundation Mindbender Academy, a week long summer camp that encourages participants to explore the world of STEM. Sivarajah also founded and serves as president of the Trusted Youth Penny Drive Association, which raises funds for underprivileged children in Sri Lanka.
Sivarajah was presented her award at the third annual Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit hosted by the Texas Girls Collaborative Project at The University of Texas at Austin in December.
Congratulations to Sivarajah on her inspiring passion and STEM leadership. Click here to learn more about the Stand Up for STEM Awards.