Impact Award, Spring 2023
Samriddhi Agnihotri decided to pursue her education in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University because of its commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and research in engineering education.
Her passion for software solution creation and the creative expression of coding led her to choose computer science as her degree, which allowed her to combine these interests.
“Programming is the expression of the mind and a symphony of mathematics and language, while also being a universal language that inspires people across geographies,” she says. “Computer science offers the perfect blend of technical and creative skills to bring my ideas to life and make a positive impact on the world.”
“Being a core member of the team developing the code to bring this product to life was exhilarating, and seeing its tangible market disrupting impact was absolutely incredible,” she says.
During her time at Arizona State University, Agnihotri also worked as the lead computer science tutor in the Fulton Engineering Center for about two years and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for two semesters.
“It was a privilege to support hundreds of students across that time and interact with so many different people,” she says. “I helped perpetuate the culture of academic excellence and collaboration that the Fulton Schools community has instilled in me!”
She will also receive ASU’s Moeur Award, awarded to graduates with the highest academic standing, having maintained a 4.00 GPA for eight consecutive fall and spring semesters at ASU with no transfer hours..
An aspiring entrepreneur, Agnihotri founded The Girl Code, a nonprofit that introduces girls to programming.
“Over the last five years, I have helped bridge the tech gender gap by teaching digital literacy to over 2,000 girls across India, Singapore and North America,” she says.
Agnihotri is grateful to her family for their support, noting that her father is “a constant source of inspiration and strength” and her mother and sister are her “feminist role models.” She also credits her mentor, R Mukund, for inspiring her to be a “blue-sky thinker.”
She hopes to continue driving change throughout her career as a leader in the engineering field, addressing inequities in education, gender equality and climate justice.
“I believe that engineering can play a significant role in creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems,” she says. “I want to be a part of that change.”