The 2022 Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Educator Awards

The 2022 Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Educator Awards

The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (MNAiC) program is proud to announce the 2022 Educator Awards, selected from throughout Minnesota by national and state review teams.

Family, friends, educators, business partners and sponsors will gather to support and celebrate the award recipients remarkable I.T. achievements during a virtual ceremony the evening of April 13th.

Watch the 2022 Virtual Ceremony Here

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students to explore their interest in computing and technology. The award recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing.  To learn more:

Educator honorees receive a cash reward, prizes, trophy, and access to exclusive resources provided by the National Center of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

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Michael G Wulf

Dr. Michael G. Wulf

MNAiC Educator Winner

Dr. Michael G. Wulf is a passionate leader and volunteer providing opportunities for K-12 youth by developing confidence and options in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education for underrepresented ethnicities in education and workforce. Dr. Wulf states his purpose in life is to create a sustainable urban-focused organization that develops prepared young adults in Minnesota. He serves as the founder of the Minnesota STEM Partnership (MNSTEM), founder of the National Society of Black Engineers Junior – Twin Cities chapter, board member of the Conservation Corps of MN & IA, and most recently national board member of the National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) serving as Chief Operating Officer & Vice-President. Originally from St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood he understands the need to reinvest in community and selflessly shares his knowledge by developing FREE high-tech education programs in advancing and emerging technology fields for youth. As a 37 year technologist he leads MNSTEM with a dozen part-time staff and dozens of volunteers from STEAM-related fields.

audra rudys

Audra Rudys

MNAiC State Educator Honorable Mention

Audra Rudys teaches computer science and technology classes part-time at Wayzata High School. She earned her B.A. in Math from Dartmouth College and worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors in various tech roles, including development and implementation of decision / recommendation engines. Her work piqued an interest in AI, and she returned to school to complete her M.S. in Computer Science at Depaul University. When her children started school, Audra shifted from consulting to volunteering and discovered a passion for mentoring students in STEAM activities, starting with Destination Imagination and later in her classroom. This year, she was excited to roll out an introductory programming class created to make computing more accessible and attractive to students with little to no previous coding experience. She also advises Technovation Girls club. When not geeking out, she enjoys photography, traveling, hiking, and camping with her husband and three children.