story by Claire Miller
College of Education & Human Development alumnus Caroline Gilling (M.S. ’21) is interested in finding innovative ways that sport organizations can use technological advancements to support athletes – especially artificial intelligence (AI)-powered video solutions and measuring specific metrics during a game.
“Technology is evolving faster than ever, especially in the sports world, and you see new things every week that you probably couldn’t have dreamed of 10 years ago,” she said. “Technology can really help athletes and I want to be a part of it. Sports are extremely competitive and with the use of technology, athletes can learn and develop in ways that may not have been possible before.”
Gilling, who graduated from the college’s sport administration program this May, was one of 24 people nationwide selected for the Women in Sports Tech (WiST) 2021 Fellowship.
Fellows are provided a dedicated mentor, two-month summer internship and access to a network of fellowship alumnae and WiST Advisory Board members who work in the sports technology industry.
She’ll also learn more about career paths available to her, including data science, product development, fan experiences and sports performance, according to the fellowship’s website.
“I’m very proud to receive this fellowship,” Gilling said. “I am now a part of an amazing community of talented men and women who are at all different stages in their career. I will do my best to help other women who want to get into the sport tech industry and simultaneously be a part of changing the ratio of women and men in the industry.”
For more information on WiST, visit https://www.womeninsportstech.org.