Miss Washington County 2017 Shivali Kadam

Director: Beth McShane, Jana Peterson DeCarli, Renee Bagley Cleland, Laura Matthys, Tammy Fazzolari Wallace and Amy Christiansen-Sim

College: Oregon State University

Born in Mumbai, India but making her hometown in Tigard, OR, Shivali has grown up in the Tualatin School District and now attends Oregon State University, majoring in chemical engineering. She has conducted research at Portland State University, taking a close look at the synthesis of boronic acid fluorophores through a MECOP internship, which creates student-focused internships driven by industry needs,formerly known as the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program. Upon graduation, Shivali plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.

While serving as Miss Washington County, Shivali’s personal platform was Engineering as Empowerment, focusing on two roadblocks that prevent women from succeeding in engineering: negative stereotypes and a lack of role models. She hopes that her work with youth mentorships programs can help alleviate these roadblocks and inspire young women to consider engineering as a viable career path. Shivali feels blessed to have had the opportunity to serve her community as Miss Washington County and recognizes that it has raised her up to become the woman she is today. She used her title to focus on service and sisterhood, and is committed to help grow the Miss Washington County Scholarship Program so that more young women will be welcomed into this special sisterhood and provide them with the means to achieve their personal and academic goals.