Bianca Bailey, president of Engineers Without Borders-HU, leads a Howard partnership to bring clean water to Choimim, a village 200 miles from Nairobi, Kenya. Photographs by Kerry-Ann Hamilton

Shorma Bianca Bailey, a senior Chemical Engineering major, has been selected by The White House as a “Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM.” The award is a part of the Obama administration’s Winning the Future Initiative, which strives to execute the president’s plan to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.”

As the president of the Howard University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Bailey, has volunteered for the last two years in Kenya and has worked on development projects in Brazil and Haiti. In January 2012, Bailey will travel to Sudan’s University of Khartoum to present EWB-HU’s work as a model of success.

She also volunteers and serves as the operational manager for Girls Incorporated of the Washington DC Metro Area located on Howard University’s campus. She frequently teaches BUILD IT, an engineering curriculum, to middle school girls.

In addition to her long-time commitment and service to Girls Incorporated, she was recently nominated to the National Advisory Board for the National Girls Institute.

Coupled with all of her many hours spent volunteering, Bailey is equally committed to academic achievement. The honors student from Dallas has interned at the NAVSEA Department of Defense, ConocoPhillips as well as conducted groundbreaking research at Carnegie Mellon University in the field of nanotechnology.

After graduation, Bailey plans to earn a Ph.D. in environmental engineering with a focus in international development.

Tune in to at 3:30p.m. EST on Dec. 9 to view Bailey as she is honored by the White House.

Bailey and the 2011 Champions of Change for Women and Girls in STEM award recipients from around the nation will also participate in a discussion focusing on creating culture change around the image of girls in STEM. The panelists will also examine mentoring and retaining women in the STEM workplace.