Carnegie Mellon University
June 07, 2022

Yenching Scholar Studies the Digital Divide

Ng explores ways to improve access to information and communications technology

By Daniel Carroll

Daniel Carroll
  • College of Engineering
Abby Simmons
  • Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 412-268-6094

Carnegie Mellon University student Andey Ng has been named a 2022 Yenching Scholar by Peking University's Yenching Academy program. Ng is a master's student in engineering and public policy (EPP) in the College of Engineering who graduated from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences in December 2021 with a bachelor's degree in information systems.

Ng combines a background in software engineering and technology with a drive to explore how technology can improve people's lives. In particular, she said she hopes her work will help to close the digital divide in access to information and communications technology.

At CMU, Ng is the leader of Project Rwanda, an initiative created to help support and empower STEM education in locations based in Rwanda with CMU-Africa and in Qatar. She gained valuable experience understanding the impacts of science, technology, engineering and math at a global scale.

"Carnegie Mellon has helped me in reaching my dreams," Ng said. "Since I got here my dreams have just kept getting bigger."

Ng has been dedicated to using her degrees from CMU toward closing the technology gap internationally and domestically. She has created her own experiential learning opportunities through travel like her cross-country road trip from Pittsburgh to her home in the Bay Area last summer, where she lived on agricultural farms to understand the digital divide and the inequitable distribution of technology in rural America.

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