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Oregon Institute of Technology student invited to State of the Union Address

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A student from the Oregon Institute of Technology has been invited by the First Lady Michelle Obama to attend the State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

According to a release from the White House, Lydia Doza, 24, is currently pursuing a degree in software engineering technology.

At OIT, she is an event organizer for Engineering Ambassadors, which focuses on outreach to kids from age three to high school to encourage a career in engineering.

Doza is originally from Anchorage Alaska, and her upbringing in three Alaskan tribes, as well as her Grandmother Joanne’s influence taught her the value of education and importance of mentorship.

Doza’s passion for engineering came early through her high school robotics team.

Through the Administration’s Generation Indigenous initiative to support Native American youth, she is engaging with rural youth in disciplines across the STEM field to their skills and education.

After getting her bachelor’s degree, Lydia hopes to work as a software engineer while continuing her involvement in the community to promote the importance of STEM and higher education.

Ultimately, Lydia hopes to pursue a master’s degree in data science and encourage more women to go into STEM.  

Lydia’s mother and two brothers live in Wasilla, Alaska.

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