Miss Hawaii USA 2022 UH Engineering Graduate STEM Model

Miss Hawaii United States Kiana Yamat

Kiana Yamat wants to use her platform as the new Miss Hawaii USA 2022 to inspire young women in science, technology, engineering and math (ROD) industry. The University of 2016 Hawaii to the interest of the Mānoa graduate for ROD was sparked by her experiences at the College of Engineering.

uh Mānoa provided me with the training I needed to succeed as a civil engineer working in the construction industry, as well as developing leadership and teamwork skills through extracurricular activities that I have used both in my career and in my personal projects,” Yamat said. “I still have great relationships with some of my teachers, and my biggest supporters today are classmates who became friends at school.”

Yamat got a uh Chancellor Mānoa Scholarship (now called Provost Achievement Scholarship) and served as American Society of Civil Engineers uh President of the student chapter of Mānoa. She is now a civil and construction engineer with Hansel Phelps and has worked on several major projects, including the new mauka concourse at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Yamat wants to become a female role model in the ROD industry because she is often one of the few women to work on engineering projects.

“During my reign as Miss Hawaii United Statesmy goal is to raise awareness within the community, specifically targeting young women who find themselves in the same situation as me when I was younger: interested in ROD but in the absence of a female role model or mentor in the field,” Yamat said. “We need to be more, and I hope to be the role model I never had.”

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The Miss Hawaii USA 2022 pageant was the Lahainaluna High School graduate’s first pageant pageant. Yamat beat out 21 other contestants to qualify for the Miss USA pageant later this year.

“This whole experience has been surreal, and I can’t express enough how thankful and thankful I am to have been chosen for this title,” Yamat said. “It is both a privilege and an honor to represent our beautiful Aloha State and I hope to make the people of Hawaii proud of miss United States Later this year.”

She added: “The decision to run for Miss Hawaii United States was one of the best I’ve ever done as it continues to open doors to new opportunities and experiences that I otherwise wouldn’t have had. I encourage anyone interested in improving and learning about themselves to race next year! It is the experience of a lifetime.

Yamat’s experiences at uh Mānoa are examples of uh Mānoa’s goals of improving student achievement (PDF) and Research Excellence: Advancing the Enterprise of Research and Creative Work (PDF), two of the four objectives defined in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

-By Marc Arakaki

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