Future Leaders of IT 2016


Brooke Lampe

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Class of 2020

Brooke Lampe is majoring in Software Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She is interested in cybersecurity and hopes to pursue a career securing the digital world against cyberattack and information theft.  She plans to do cybersecurity research at her university this summer.  Brooke participated in the Microsoft Office Specialist Competition and won at the state level competition in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2013.  She then competed at the national competition in Word 2013 and placed 3rd.  Brooke has been inspired by her volunteer work at Bryan Lincoln General Hospital and has logged 250 hours of volunteering.  She currently helps out in Admissions and guides patients to destinations in the hospital.  Brooke is also involved in and encouraged by her Christian faith, and she appreciates God’s guidance in her life.


Natalie Lang

Ravenscroft High School, Raleigh, NC

Natalie is a high school senior at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC. She loves technology and has taken technology classes since 6th grade including Web Page Design, Introduction to Computer Science, Digital Ravens (video production), Honors C++ and AP Computer Science. She is currently taking an independent study in Human Computer Interaction as well as serving as a Teacher’s Assistant for the Honors Computer Science class. Her sophomore year Natalie collaborated with a group of girls to participate in the Technovation Challenge to develop an App to benefit the community. Her group was one of 18 out of 300 from the US and Canada chosen to proceed to the semifinals. Natalie’s team also competed in Dream It, Win It, Code and won an award in the High School division. In her Junior year, Natalie started a computer science club called RavensCode for which she has served as President the past two years. Through RavensCode, Natalie initiated programs to inspire others to explore Computer Science including Hour of Code, TechGirlz and hackathons. Natalie continues her efforts to expose younger students to computer science. Last summer, Natalie worked with Youth Digital as a summer camp teacher. She taught Mod Design and App Design to children and plans to teach again this summer. Natalie was especially drawn towards the girls in the camps. It was important to her to make them feel comfortable and safe as well as to encourage their success and self-esteem in computing. As Natalie goes into college, she plans to continue to work with young girls in technology to inspire them to believe in themselves and strive for their passions. Natalie plans to attend UNC Charlotte and major in Computer Science with an emphasis in Human Computer Interaction. Natalie wants to develop technology for children with special needs to help improve their lives and learning through technology.

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  1. Most recent high school or college transcripts.
  2. Three letters of recommendations from teachers and or counselors.
  3. High School seniors must provide proof of university or college acceptance.
  4. An essay (1000 word min) on why you are pursuing a career in information engineering, information management (or related academic discipline) and what you hope to accomplish in your career.