Kason O’Connor grew up moving around South East Texas and is now living in Portland, OR. He is pursing an undergraduate degree for Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University. He hopes to design and research new types of prosthesis while challenging stereotypes about felons and trans people of color. Kason hopes to someday open a free residential school that gives homeless LGBTQ youth a safe and accepting place to get quality education and healthcare. Kason received the Portland General Electric and Friends of Alan Turing scholarships.