The College of Engineering has selected Krysten Moore, a senior in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and a national spokeswoman for several anti-bullying organizations, as the student speaker at its Senior Recognition Celebration for the Class of 2013, to be held on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Recreation Center. Moore, from Mahwah, New Jersey, is a national youth ambassador for Love Our Children USA™ and STOMP Out Bullying™, has educated more than 100,000 school children about bullying, and has won several New Jersey pageants to give her a platform for her cause. She also founded Students Helping Instill New Esteem (SHINE), whose goal is to give children a sense of respect and consideration for each other, while understanding and accepting each other’s differences.

In 2007, SHINE was chosen as one of the top 100 new nonprofits by the Case Foundation. Among many other honors, Moore was listed in the 2004/2005 Who’s Who Among American High School Students and in 2008 was chosen as one of New Jersey’s Super Teens by Next Step Magazine. Meanwhile, Moore has appeared on the Rachael Ray Show, the CBS Early ShowGood Day Street Talk, and was honored to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ. In 2008, Moore received President Obama’s Lifetime Call to Service Award, recognizing her for over 15,000 hours of community service, and she received the Miss America National Community Service Award in 2011 and 2012.

Moore came to her anti-bullying advocacy the hard way. “I was bullied back when I was in middle school,” she explained. “I was bullied ruthlessly and came home crying every day. I was very overweight when I was younger. My nickname was ‘Krysten wants Moore food.’ Looking back, I laugh at it because it was clever, but at the time it really hurt. Now I want to make sure that nobody feels the way I felt.”

Beyond her busy itinerary as an anti-bullying advocate, Moore has also completed a demanding curriculum in the ECE Department. Her computer skills include PSpice, Quartus II, Matlab, MS Visual Studio, Basic Programming, Eclipse, Dr. Java, Arduino, Dreamweaver, and DOORS. Among other projects, Moore worked with a team to construct a solar-powered capacitor to produce low-cost electricity for Third World countries, and she constructed an odometer and speedometer using a personalized Arduino board.  

In addition, Moore was on a team that worked to develop an automated payment system for metered car parking. Under the guidance of Professor Lixin Gao, she and her team were able to develop a solution using Radio Frequency Identification for the standard parking meter.

Moore has also completed two student internships. One was in the summer of 2012, when she worked as a System Performance Intern at Verizon Wireless. During the summer of 2011, Moore served at the Westinghouse Electric Company as a Safety Systems & Support Upgrades Intern.  She has accepted a fulltime position with Raytheon in its Integrated Defense Department.

Amazingly enough, Moore has found time for a variety of extracurricular activities, including the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Engineering Program, Web Design, and Engineers Without Borders. She also spent time as a Boston Bruins Ice Girl, Sweets & More Co-Manager, UMass Tour Guide, Admissions Fellow, and Teaching Assistant. In her down time away from UMass Amherst, she also enjoys volleyball, horseback riding, water skiing, pageantry, sailing, spelunking, and community service.

All in all, she seems like a perfect choice for student speaker. As Moore has observed, “The power lies within each of us to be a positive role model to our peers. My hope is that no one ever underestimates the influence of their actions or the power of their words. With one small gesture, we can change a person’s life. Whether it’s changed for the better or the worse simply depends on the gesture we choose.” (April 2013)