40% of the country’s black engineers hail from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)*. About 100 of these young scholars were given the opportunity to attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 2017 HBCU Innovation Summit this last weekend.

One in particular, Brandon Lamar Long, is the kind of guy everybody wants on their team.


The 21-year-old senior studying Computer Science at North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) recently completed interviewing for a whopping 24 top tech companies, with competitive offers from 11 being General Motors, Bank of America, Etsy, Sam’s Club, Credit Suisse, GE Digital, Apple, Microsoft, Target, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Microsoft where he will join their team as a Software Development Engineer.

In the final rounds of his interviews, Brandon found himself in a very rare, but 100% desirable situation — two companies, Apple and Microsoft presenting very competitive offers, each with hopes of Long joining their team.

Though a student, Long has already worked for companies like Google, Oracle, Apple Inc., NASA, and Sam’s Club. He’s no stranger to achievement, as some of his many honors and awards include:

  • 2017 TMCF Apple HBCU Scholar
  • 2017 UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit Scholar
  • 2016 Google Applied Computer Science student
  • 2016 Black Enterprise Hackathon Winner, 2016 MIT Cryptocurrency Bootcamp
  • 2016 Stanford Future Business Leader
  • 2016 TMCF OFC Hackathon 2nd Place
  • 2016 Credit Suisse: Code Suisse Participant

When he isn’t coding, working, or studying, Brandon enjoys being a student ambassador for the College of Engineering and playing the French Horn & Flugelhorn in the Blue & Gold Marching Machine at NCA&T. Long is also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Golden Key National Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society, and the Association for Computing Machinery where he is chapter president.

Preparing for life after college can be everything from intimidating to exciting. If you’re like Brandon, your biggest problem is having too many options. We picked his highly sought after mind during the 2017 UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit to learn more about his journey to becoming one of the most sought after tech graduates of 2017. We were shocked to learn that he is a first generation college student. View the entire Facebook Live interview here.

Long loves quote by Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” He credits perseverance, following his dreams, and opportunities from companies like UNCF for presenting opportunities that have allowed him to connect with, perform, and excel in an industry hes passionate about.

The 2017 HBCU UNCF Innovation Summit took place October 25-29 in Silicon Valley. Check out more about the weekend of exposure for HBCU students at www.hbcuinnovation.org

For more on Brandon visit www.brandonllong.com



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