Mechanical Engineering Junior Awarded STEM Grant for Women

POSTED ON: May 4, 2018


Olivia (Heuiyoung) Park, a mechanical engineering junior, from Irvine, California was awarded one of five grants given by HARMAN International and 1,000 Dreams Fund for its second annual #NewFaceofTech Challenge. The grants were created to encourage more talented women to enter and stay in science and technology.

“I currently teach students CAD/3D printing so a grant would help me develop more skills in that area. One of the areas of study that I enjoy, is aerospace," says Olivia, who plans to become a professor of mechanical engineering. 

1,000 Dreams Fund staff chose the 10 finalists from a group of more than 200 applicants. A week-long public vote determined the five #NewFaceofTech grant recipients. The five winners receive a $2,000 grant along with a coaching session with a HARMAN executive. 



  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.