ECE Junior Sarah Madigan named SWE Ford Scholarship winner
Out of thousands of applications, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chose an electrical and computer engineering student at The Ohio State University among its 2021 Scholarship Recipients.
Ohio State Junior Sarah Madigan won the Ford Motor Company Scholarship within electrical engineering.
SWE presented 289 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year, totaling more than $1,200,000, to undergraduate and graduate students. The names of all recipients are published in the conference issue of SWE Magazine coming out this October.
Madigan said being involved with SWE offered a great motivating resource for her time at Ohio State. The club helped her find friends in her major, gain access to networking opportunities, and participate in community service events.
“I was heavily involved with Science Olympiad in high school, which inspired me to pursue a career in STEM,” Madigan said. “ECE specifically stood out to me because I have always been fascinated by the electronics that power the tools and devices we use every day.”
After four internships in several different industries, Madigan continues exploring the possibilities within ECE post-graduation. Her next role is learning from ECE Assistant Professor Asimina Kiourti as part of the Wearable and Implantable Technologies Group.
“This semester I have begun research on wearable magnetic heart rate sensors,” she said.
Madigan said she chose Ohio State ECE because of the diverse research and scholarship opportunities available.
“I knew attending a large university would push me out of my comfort zone, and Ohio State ECE has provided me with great professors and advising to help me succeed academically and socially,” she said.
The SWE scholarship program assists students in accomplishing their dreams of being engineers who contribute to society.
The Ford Motor Company Scholarship is available to SWE members with majors in automotive, electrical, or mechanical engineering and in their junior year of undergraduate studies. Just three scholarships of $2,250 are available each year. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and show leadership potential.
“The recipients of SWE scholarships are a group of extremely accomplished and driven students who excel both inside and outside of the classroom,” according to SWE.