Haiyao Huang (PhD ’15) Named Google Anita Borg Memorial Finalist

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Haiyao Huang (PhD 15)
Haiyao Huang (PhD ’15)

Computer scientist Anita Borg began programming in 1969 and helped pave the way for women working in science and technology by establishing the Institute for Women and Technology and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

After she passed away in 2003, Google started a scholarship in her memory that is meant to remove any barriers keeping women from entering the computing and technology fields.

Google recently selected this year’s 30 scholars and 30 finalists for the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship and named Boston University’s Haiyao “Cassie” Huang (PhD ’15) one of their recipients.

“Cassie is a student that is quick to learn, inquisitive, and proactive regarding her education and goals. Her ability to set and carry out her own research agenda sets her apart from average graduate students,” said her advisor, Assistant Professor Douglas Densmore (ECE). “It comes as no surprise that she was a finalist for this award and I expect this to be the first of many accolades to come.”

As a finalist, Huang will receive a $1000 scholarship and is invited to attend the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat this summer in New York City. The event provides an opportunity to network with other recipients and participate in developmental activities.

At BU, Huang has been working closely with Densmore, developing computer-aided design (CAD) tools for synthetic biology. Specifically, she is focusing on how to integrate synthetic biology and microfluidics.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Professor Densmore’s lab so far,” said Huang. “I like the interactions and collaborations with my lab-mates and the intellectually challenging work.”

To learn more about the award, visit Google’s scholarship page.

-Rachel Harrington (rachelah@bu.edu)