ET Junior Recognized for Commitment to Computing

Eastern Tech junior receives state honor for her commitment to computing
Posted on 02/15/2019
Ume Habiba and Girls Who Code

On February 5, Eastern Tech junior Ume Habiba was selected as a 2019 Maryland Affiliate Winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.  The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national non-profit focused on women's participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors women in grades 9-12 who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions. AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for postsecondary education.

Habiba’s computer science and Calculus teacher, Kim
Burton-Regulski, encouraged her to submit an application for the award based on Ume’s outstanding leadership, exceptional academic history, and forward thinking. “Ume is an excellent role model for female students, especially those interested in STEM careers,” Burton-Regulski said. She added, “We are very proud of the work that Ume has been doing to promote computer science amongst her peers and those in her community.” The junior is not only the founder of Eastern Tech’s Girls in Coding Club, and she has also participated in several coding-based outreach programs including one at her former elementary school. Of the award, Habiba admitted, “I didn’t think I would win, but Mrs. Burton-Regulski really gave me the confidence to apply. I was kind of overwhelmed when I found out that I won, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise.” She plans to use her knowledge and experience with coding and computer science to pursue a career as a software engineer for NASA. “I love being able to use my passion for coding to help people and I feel like receiving this honor helps affirm that what I am doing is a step in the right direction,” Habiba reflected. The Maryland Affiliate Aspirations Award Ceremony, hosted on April 7th, honors winners, like Habiba, and honorable mentions with distinction by sharing a summary of student accomplishments and aspirations as well as the opportunity to meet other young women in computing from other local high schools and universities.