Professor Tracey Lanham joined Hodges University’s Fisher School of Technology (FSoT) in 2009, teaching both on-campus and online. Professor Lanham also complements her teaching skills by running a programming summer camp for middle school girls.
Professor Lanham received her Associate, Bachelor and Master's degrees in Computer Information Technology from Hodges University, all with Summa Cum Laude honors. In 2004 she was the first and only female in the first graduating class of the Master of Science in Computer Information Technology program. Tracey is currently pursing her Ph.D. at Northcentral University.
Tracey’s professional experience includes technological positions in a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing (cold heading fastener production), real estate, and construction (marine). Her manufacturing and real estate titles included database administrator, website developer, network engineer, and network/database administrator. While working in marine construction, she drew all of the engineering prints for permit submission, developed and maintained 3 websites, and created and maintained the database system.
At Hodges University, Professor Lanham teaches Computer Applications, Advanced Computer Applications, Hardware Support Essentials, Introduction to Database Management Systems, Information Systems Hardware & System Software, Program Design and Problem Solving, and Foundation for College Success.
In addition to teaching, Professor Lanham’s passion is bringing technology to girls and women. She has currently applied for 6 grants, totaling in excess of $116,000, to help encourage more females and underrepresented minorities to become involved with STEM, particularly technology. She is currently the Regional Coordinator for the Aspirations in Computing Award Event and Hodges’ official representative at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
The Collier County STEM Committee invited Professor Lanham to present on the topic of teaching programming to children at the 2013 Collier County STEM Conference. She is actively participating on behalf of Hodges University’s Fisher School of Technology in the STEM @ Work Program in Lee County. Tracey organized the group, Women in Technology, Hodges University Students (WITH US) on campus, and she is the faculty advisor for both WITH US and the Fisher School of Technology Society. She also organizes and hosts AspireIT Programming Camp for middle school girls.
Professor Tracey Lanham received the Fall 2013 Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On Award for her work in helping to educate young girls about career fields in technology. Professor Lanham is being honored for developing “Girls In Tech: A Hands-On Experience,” a one-day technology fair targeted at attracting girls and women to come to Hodges University campus and experience various aspects of technology as well as to participate in many hands-on activities. The award, named for the late computer scientist, honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of technical women helping one another. The awards, funded by donations from the Systers Online Community, are intended as means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology. The program is called “Pass-It-On” because it comes with the moral obligation to “pass on” the benefits gained from the award.
Tracey’s daughter is her inspiration and her world! When not teaching or volunteering, Tracey enjoys cooking, entertaining, and spending time with family and friends.