Engineering wasn’t on the radar for Maggie Thomann, not until she attended a month long technology program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology the summer before her senior year in high school. She and 40 other young women took classes in electrical engineering, discrete math, and computer science. Today, Maggie is a sophomore in computer science and engineering at Notre Dame. “Without the summer program, I wouldn’t have had any exposure to computer science before college, and I’m very grateful for that experience because it showed me I enjoy programming.”
Maggie is inspired by Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, and wants to motivate more girls to become active in science, technology, and math. Putting those wishes into action, she served as a Girls Who Code instructor this past summer and learned that simple, but genuine, enthusiasm for science and technology can go a long way.
She is also a business owner, a graphic design business that she began on Etsy as a sophomore in high school.