UCI Ingenuity Paula Greg 2016On May 29, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) recognized student innovation and lauded STEM education trailblazer, Paula Golden, President of Broadcom Foundation, at Ingenuity 2016, held by the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Watch the video here.

Recognized for promoting inclusion, equity and access to STEM education, Golden has not only initiated the Broadcom MASTERS® and Broadcom MASTERS® International,, middle school science and engineering competitions, but has also introduced computer coding to thousands of middle-school students who are under-represented in computing fields through programs such as Broadcom Presents: Design CODE_Build.

These renowned programs, among others that include Stem Ecosystem Initiatives, fulfill the mission of the Broadcom Foundation: to create opportunity and promote equitable access to STEM education for the untapped talent in society, especially young women and underserved youth around the world.

“It is with great humility that I accept this award on behalf of all of my heroes from our company and throughout Orange County – many here with us today – as we strive to educate and inspire a generation of creators, not just consumers of technologies such as those created by Broadcom,” said Golden.

UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering Dean Gregory Washington introduced Golden and Eben Upton, Broadcom Technical Director and Raspberry Pi Founder who was on hand from Camrbidge, England to share in the festivities.

“You all are sitting in front of history when a $5 computer (fueled by a Broascom chip) gives everyone in the world access, that’s when audacious things happen,” said Dean Washington.

In his keynote address, Upton doled out lessons learned from building Raspberry Pi—the low-cost, high-performance computer that puts programming and innovation in the hands of young learners at every level of the socio-economic state. The dearth of young engineers prompted Upton to develop an affordable, fun and programmable design.

Imparting wisdom to the next crop of engineers, Upton said, “try and do audacious things. Be conservative. Incrementalism and conservatism are at the heart of good engineering.”