Torrey Pines High School senior Ling Yeung was recently honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Bank of America for her accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. Ling was one of 32 young women in the country to receive the honor at the Technology Stars of the Future Showcase on March 27 in Charlotte, N.C.
"With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it's imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce," said Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT. "Bank of America's support for this award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked."
Selected from a field of 700 applicants, Ling received a $1,500 scholarship and a new laptop computer, as well as the free trip to Charlotte. When she learned about the award, Ling was told each student would be given a $500 scholarship. The students didn't find out about the extra $1,000 until the award ceremony.
"That was a nice surprise," Ling said.
The laptop and the extra funds will serve her well wherever she chooses to go next; she has already been accepted to UCLA, UC Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In the tech field, Ling said she is most interested in robotics, which she started working on in her sophomore year when she joined the school's Botball team.
The team builds robots from scratch and takes them to compete in contests against other schools. At competitions, she's often the one giving the presentations as she said she's comfortable speaking in front of an audience.
In addition to her recent win Ling received several awards from colleges, including the university of Rochester's Xerox Award for innovation in technology. She currently serves as the features editor at the school newspaper the Falconer.
While the goal of the technology stars award is to encourage more young women to pursue careers in technology, Ling's heart really lies with science. She said she is leaning toward studying chemistry or chemical engineering at one of the excellent schools she has been accepted to.
"I really like science," Ling said. "It's more logical, more precise than a subject like English, which is open to interpretation. It's more structured. There is a right answer and it is orderly."