An EECS student has been honored by the Knoxville News Sentinel for excellence in leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the 2019 Knox.biz 20 Under 20 awards.
Kaitlyn Daniels, 19, is a freshman studying computer engineering. She and two other UT student awardees were featured in the November issue of Knox.biz magazine and honored at an awards reception last Thursday at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Daniels was also a dedicated Girl Scout, earning the Gold Award with an extraordinary leadership record. When Seymour Junior High School was under construction, Daniels noticed a decline in birds and greenery around the area. She decided to create a garden space at the junior high, adding trees and native plants to attract pollinators. Daniels partnered with the special education department at Seymour High School for the installation of a wheelchair-accessible raised garden. Daniels remains invested in the Seymour community, continuing work on an outdoor classroom, maintaining a seed library, and leading a science club. She lives by the goal of “wanting to make the world a better place.”
At UT, Daniels writes for the Daily Beacon and is involved with the Society of Women Engineers, looking to blend her love for science with her passion for helping others. This summer she will intern with Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company. Daniels hopes to start her own business or become a science teacher in the future.