Pepsico Awards “Hidden Figures” Prizes for STEM Leaders


In Michigan, University of Michigan alum Midori Maeda was one of 10 runners-up for Pepsico and 21st Century Fox’s “Hidden Figures” contest which highlights outstanding female researchers in STEM fields. The contest is based on the recent movie about three African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA providing computations to help launch John Glenn into space. As recognition for her work in biomedical engineering specifically with creating biomaterials for use in diseases, Maeda received a $10,000 prize to use towards her education or research and a free screening of the popular movie in her hometown. Maeda is also currently working at PHASIQ, a startup that develops new diagnostic tools for the medical field.