First Name

Amrita

Last Name

L.

Bio

Amrita Lakhanpal is a senior at The Altamont School in Birmingham, Alabama. Her passion for computer science developed after always solving technology problems in her family. Amrita is enthusiastic about closing the gender gap in the field. In an effort to do so, Amrita volunteers with TechBirmingham and facilitates a Girls Who Code club at her school. Amrita also created the Screens for Schools Laptop Initiative to fulfill the technology needs of Birmingham City Schools. Through this initiative, she has raised $46,000, and provided 60 Chromebooks, 2 charging carts, and professional development for teachers to learn how to use these Chromebooks in their classrooms for three elementary schools. Following this, she created Screens for Schools Coding Clubs at EPIC and Central Park Elementary Schools, and is working on forming a club at Martha Gaskins Elementary School. Also through Screens for Schools, Amrita started a program at a local autism therapy center, Behavioral ONE, to teach these children coding. Along with her community service in the field, Amrita has completed many research projects in the computer science industry. Most recently, as a junior, Amrita performed computational analyses using R programming to identify genes disproportionately affected by NFKBIA deletions and implicated in Breast Cancer and Glioblastoma Tumorigenesis. This research was recognized at the local, state, and she was even selected to represent Alabama at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Outside of computer science, Amrita enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and dancing with her Bollywood dance team. In college, she plans to major in Computer Science and minor in Dance and Spanish, and hopes to pursue a career in the Cybersecurity field.