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Kim Lytle '15 receives 2014 PINK Award

May 1, 2014

Now in its third year, the PINK Award was given to ambitious inventor and Madeira junior Kim Lytle during the Reunion Weekend All School Meeting, April 25. Kim will receive $2,000 to help her obtain patents for two inventions she has developed. The award will help defray the cost of patent and professional drawing fees for the applications, which can be an expensive process.

Beyond gaining patents for her inventions, Kim also wants be an example to other girls interested in STEAM. In her video application, she referenced the disparities between women and men in college engineering and science programs, explaining that through her experience she hopes that she can encourage other girls to pursue their dreams in male dominated fields.

Since an early age, Kim has been passionate about science and inventing. Growing up amongst electrical engineers, she has always had the aspiration to become an electrical and computer engineer, patent attorney, and inventor. At the age of eight she invented “Bicycle training aid with dynamically deployable balancing features,” U.S. Patent No. 7556277. Kim has immersed herself in STEAM classes and clubs at Madeira. She is currently vice president of Madeira’s Computer Programming Club and helped gain support for and interest in next year’s AP Computer Science Class. Furthermore, she has been accepted to several summer programs dealing with engineering and computer science and has taken advantage of opportunities while interning on Capitol Hill, attending numerous hearings/briefings regarding intellectual property rights (e.g. H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act).

“As part of the selection committee, I was extremely impressed with Kim’s passion for STEAM and the patent process,” said Andre Withers, assistant head of school. “She is deserving of this award and we are excited to learn how her application process plays out for her and others.”

About the PINK Award: The award, which stands for “Passion, INitiative, and Knowledge,” was established by Katherine Kies ’07 to help hardworking Madeira girls pursue a goal. Upon graduating from Madeira in 2007, Kies decided to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. She went to the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. When she won the Drown Prize Award, the top honor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, she decided to give part of that award back to Madeira in appreciation for the Co-Curriculum experience that led her to her major and subsequently this award. 

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