My Story

Hannah's love for science began in the summer of 2013 when her dad signed her up for a summer engineering camp.  As the only girl, Hannah was on the winning team at the end of the lego robot camp. This was the start of her love for science and engineering.

Later that year, she learned about the widespread impact of Energy Poverty and the Global Water Crisis, and created BEACON as a result. BEACON is purposed to bring both stable electricity as well as fresh water access to people of underdeveloped nations. For her work with BEACON, Hannah has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, addressed the United Nations, and has received many other honors and awards, including presenting BEACON at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and being named America's 2015 Top Young Scientist for her work. She is grateful that she has had a platform to share her work with others, and is passionate about inspiring other young girls to do STEM.

Hannah presents BEACON at the White House Science Fair.

Hannah also plays varsity high school girl's soccer, winning third place in the SACC championship and finishing second seed in the district, runs varsity track and ran in the state meet this year for the 4x800 team, and will run varsity cross country in the fall. Hannah is extremely grateful to the FAU High track and girl's soccer teams, who have become like family.

Hannah has a passion for robotics and has participated in FIRST, SeaPerch, Science Olympiad, and Academic Games. Hannah is also a member of the National Honor Society and Student Athletic Leadership Team at FAU High School.

Hannah tests an early BEACON prototype.

I am extremely grateful for the support of my family and friends. My mom and dad have always encouraged me to pursue my passions, and try things outside of my comfort zone. My little brother Max is a sophomore at Boca Raton Christian School. Thank you to Paige, Maura, Devin, Nick, Monica, and Billy, for being the best friends I could ever have.

Owltonomous at the World Championship

Hannah, Devin, Vithu, and Alexis building the animatronic owl

Girl's Soccer

Track and Field

Girl's Track and Field

Hannah running the 4x800

Hannah, mom Julie, dad Joel, and little brother Max

Billy, Hannah, Nick, Devin, Monica, and Winston at the FRC World Championship

Hannah and Paige

Hannah and Maura

I would like to thank the many mentors who have guided me throughout my journey: Allan Phipps, Perry Weinthal, Jeff Emslander, Dr. Scooter Willis, Dr. Jason Hallstrom, Suzette Milu, Tricia Meredith, Robin Barkes, and Dr. Marianne Porter. I would also like to thank Discovery Education and 3M. Thank you for all that you have done in my life.