Derryfield junior Abi Leonardi has been accepted as one of 24 female high school students in New Hampshire to participate in BAE Systems’ Women in Technology (WiT) program. BAE Systems is a global defense, aerospace, and security company whose Electronic Systems sector has a rapidly-expanding presence in New Hampshire. According to BAE, “WiT gives female high school students with an aptitude in math and science a practical, hands-on opportunity to explore careers in various technical disciplines. It also provides mentorship to the students to encourage and support them in their pursuit of a technical career.”
During the prestigious, 16-week program, students participate in technical rotations at BAE facilities in Nashua and Hudson, as well as networking and business training sessions. The program not only shows students how academic skills learned in the classroom can be applied in the workplace, but also gives them a sense of what a career in technology and engineering looks like, with the goal of guiding young women in their educational and career decisions. BAE encourages seniors who have completed the program and been accepted to a college with a declared major in engineering to apply for summer internships with the company.
In addition to this program, Abi is working on an independent project with SNHU's College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics to create a robotic hand with haptic feedback. Her advisor for the project, Derryfield’s Dean of Innovation Dr. Marco Masoni is excited about the example Abi is setting for her peers. “Between the prestigious WiT program and her complex independent project, Abi is blazing a trail for young women in engineering at Derryfield.”
While she is only a junior, this experience is certainly setting Abi up with fantastic learning opportunities and an in-depth perspective on what her options are for the future.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.