CEE senior, Angela Ng was awarded the George Washington Prize at the 2016 Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania awards banquet.
Her award was in recognition for her strength in academics, service, and leadership throughout her studies at Carnegie Mellon. Ng is a remarkable individual who not only maintains her academic ranking as a CEE and Biomedical Engineering double major, but also looks for ways to make her community and the world a better place.
In her freshman year, Ng created a cereal drive, book drive, and clothing drive so that discarded belongings at the end of the academic year could have a new life as supplies for the homeless. She also joined Habitat for Humanity, eventually becoming the Vice President, leading service trips to Mississippi and Alabama.
Ng is the co-founder of Project Smile, which improves the quality of life for CMU students through random acts of kindness. As a sophomore, she proposed a Mindfulness Room for campus as a place for students to relax, decompress, and meditate. Then, she successfully secured $22,000 in grants to make a room a reality.
Internationally, Ng has traveled to Guatemala and Kenya to teach English to elementary school children, to Rwanda to update computer systems and teach computer skills, and to Bangladesh to introduce and test the paper water filtration system known as the Drinkable Book.
In addition, she participated in the highly selective IMPAQT program, serving as a welcoing host for students from CMU-Qatar here in Pittsburgh as well as traveling to Qatar to help the campus set up its own Mindfulness Room.
Ng is also a Fifth Year Scholar, and will use her bonus time at CMU to expand on her initiatives to improve lives locally and internationally. She has already implemented an animal therapy program at CMU, bringing therapy dogs to campus once a week to visit with students.
She is a tinkerer and takes advantage of IDeATe courses to help her gain skills in 3-D printing and laser cutting to work on projects such as developing a low-cost prosthetic foot and creating safety devices for senior citizens.
The George Washington Prize is named in honor of the first president of the United States to reinforce the importance of engineering and technology in sustaining and enhancing the visibility of the profession within our society. The award is given to a College of Engineering senior who demonstrates qualities of academic excellence, service and leadership.