Women in Tech
WSU computer science major Tammy Platero is shaping the future of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while developing her own computing career.
The Women Tech Council recognized Platero, who served as a program coordinator for WSU’s Center for Technology Outreach, with the 2017 Student Pathway award for her impact in the community.
“The time I was able to spend at the WSU outreach office taught me how small actions can create a vast difference in the community around me,” she said.
Platero’s extensive community work included helping organize the FIRST® LEGO® League for over 3,000 children, leading WSU’s all-girls welding camp, hosting Hour of Code events to encourage children to pursue STEM, organizing a “Painting with Robots” event — mixing technology and art — at The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City and helping organize SheTech, a STEM conference for girls held at Weber State.
She accepted the award, along with a $500 scholarship, at the Women Tech Awards in October 2017. “It was an incredible experience to be applauded by 2,000 people for community outreach,” she said.
While she no longer works in the Center for Technology Outreach, Platero continues her work with STEM. Over the summer, she presented at the YMCA STEM camp held at Weber State, where she led youth in programming microchips to make LED lights blink in a particular pattern.
Platero, who recently served an internship with software company Ivanti and joined other WSU students on a study abroad trip to Finland, plans to graduate with her bachelor's degree in computer science in 2019.