Brandon Duffany has been programming video games and computers since he was in seventh grade.
And at Cornell University in the fall, Duffany said he plans to study computer science in hopes of obtaining his PhD. D. After college, he said his dream job is to work for Google.
"I really want to get deeper into how programming works," Duffany said. "I started out in middle school and got interested in it."
Programming was also a big part of Duffany's high school life. He said he was the lead programmer and captain of his school's First Robotics team.
During his junior year, Duffany said she helped program a robot that picked up inner tubes and hung them on racks. In his senior year, the robot he programmed was able to gather basketballs and shoot them. In the two competitions the robots were entered in, they won, Duffany said.
"There were four or five years where team didn't win anything," Duffany said. "That period ended when I got on the team. It wasn't only me, but in general, my work helped to win competitions."
Besides robotics, Duffany said he was on the school's math team and Foreign Language Honors Society for Spanish.