Maaikee Pronda - Miss Garden Grove 2019Maaikee Pronda is a 22 year old Process Development Engineer at a global medical device company headquartered in Southern California. She graduated from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. While at UC Irvine, Maaikee was active in the engineering community and was the president of Engineering Student Council – the official liaison between the administration of the school of engineering, the students, and the community. Maaikee lead the club in planning events that impacted thousands of students on campus and within the community. A notable event she introduced was the inaugural celebration of “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”, where Maaikee partnered with local companies and sponsors to raise $1000 in funds and gifts to host 30 Girls Scouts and their parents for an interactive learning event on campus. She was also recognized as the Biomedical Engineering Student of the Year in her graduating class, honored with Outstanding Engineering Student Award by the Orange County Engineering Council, and graduated with the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction. Maaikee has received over $5,000 in scholarship money from competing in the Miss Garden Grove and Miss California Scholarship Organization! She hopes to go back to school to pursue an MBA to further her career goals. Today, as an engineer, Maaikee manages projects and initiatives that allow the company to make a meaningful, positive difference in the medical device device industry.

Maaikee is passionate about sharing her love for S.T.E.M with the youth and dedicates time to promoting her social impact initiative “Plant the Seed: Empowering Young Women through S.T.E.M.”. Her initiative focuses on planting the seed of interest in the youth, cultivating their curiosity, and propagating the importance of giving back to the S.T.E.M. community with college students and young professionals. In her spare time, Maaikee enjoys spending time in nature, reading science fiction/dystopian novels, and learning how to cook Filipino recipes from her mom and dad!