Department of Computer Science Alumni

Alumni Visit

Alumni Visit

Derrick Lowery

Class of 1985. Derrick graduated from Hampton University and started his career with E.I. duPont de Nemours. During his early years at DuPont, Derrick participated in the Information Systems (IS) Field Program. It was designed to give Information Technology (IT) early career resources exposure to a variety of assignments in two (2) year rotations for six (6) years. Derrick gained experiences in supporting IBM mainframe Program Product installations, DEC VAX system administrations and manufacturing shop floor control and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program development. Derrick continued his progress with DuPont gaining increasing responsibility from team lead to manager of a division's order management organization.

In 1997, the DuPont IT organization was outsourced to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Derrick's growth with CSC landed him assignments as the Application Delivery Manager, Data Center Manager and IT advisor to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Derrick concluded his career with CSC leading a Project Management Office (PMO) and leading new business development processes.

LaNae E. Wheeler

A Computer Science graduate of Hampton University is a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services Division. Her consulting and engineering experience covers software lifecycle project management, estimating, and planning.

Her technical project expertise include Knowledge Management Engineering, Document Management, Records Management, Portal, and Business Process Management (BPM) consulting, technical services, applications development, deployment and support. LaNae’s post graduate education includes a Certificate of Knowledge Management Engineering, The George Washington University, a M.S. Information Management; Marymount University, and an Advanced Management Program Certificate National Defense University. With over 20 years of technical know-how she spent 9 years as a civil servant with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the HQ Marine Corps. She has delivered technical and business solutions for such commercial companies as Merck Pharmaceuticals, UPS, the NAACP and Boeing.

At Lockheed Ms. Wheeler is a co-founder and member of the KM Community of Practice. She also recently was awarded a U.S. Utility Patent # 7,327,516 for the Mobile Screen Storage Compartment, February 2008. As a member of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Hampton Alumni, LaNae works with other Alumni to raise scholarship funds for students to attend Hampton and has assisted in the awarding of over $30,000 of scholarship funds since 2003.

Lee David Harris

Lee David Harris, Jr. was part of the initial incoming freshman class of Computer Science majors at what was then called Hampton Institute and is the very first to receive a degree in Computer Science from Hampton.  Upon graduating in 1984 he started his professional career at TRW, Space and Defense group in McLean, Virginia near Washington, D.C.  While at TRW he put what he had learned at HU into good use.   Lee worked in the data center at TRW as a systems programmer and then moved into programming military defense systems using FORTRAN (a required language at HU at that time) and Oracle for TRW.   Lee also picked up Oracle database administration skills which eventually lead him to work at the Oracle Corporation after a brief stop at a small 8a firm after TRW.  During his time at Oracle, Lee worked in different areas including consulting, education, support and International IT.  One major project that he had the honor of working on was the initial internal Real Application Cluster (RAC) High Availability (HA) setup for company.  While working for Oracle’s IT group, Lee decided he wanted to re-start his management career and leave the hands on technical side of IT behind.  He managed the Systems Automation and Performance team in Oracle corporate IT division.   After 11 years at Oracle he moved on to a company that was credited with starting the Managed Hosting trend called Digex, now part of Verizon Business when he was asked to start their Oracle practice.  Lee worked there for 7 years moving up through the management ranks until taking his present position in 2007 as the Senior Director of Global Operations for the Managed Hosting group at Blackboard Inc.  This group hosts Blackboard’s educational software for K12, Higher Education and professional educational businesses.  One of Blackboards customers is Hampton University.

  Lee is an avid golfer and loves model aviation and lives in Washington, DC metropolitan area with his wife Vera and daughter Jessica.

Lisa M. Neal-Graves

A 2006 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law with a Juris Doctorate where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology and President of the Black Law Student Association among other activities.   Prior to attending law school Lisa held many executive positions where she was responsible for new product introductions including:

  • Vice President at Unisys Corp;
  • CTO of ServiceWare (a dotcom knowledge management systems and services company);
  • Senior Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank;
  • GM for Lucent Large Enterprise Call Center Solutions;
  • Division Manager for AT&T eCommerce R&D (WorldNet Internet Services Architecture and Solutions); and
  • Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs.   

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Lisa’s academic credentials mirror this success.  Lisa graduated from Hampton University with a major in Computer Science and Math (1985).  She then completed a Master in Science degree in Computer Science at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI;  the first African American female to graduate from Michigan State’s Computer Science Master’s program (1986).  After several years as an engineer, Lisa ventured to the business side of technology and earned a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado School or Engineering (1991). 

As a practicing Attorney, Lisa is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Arkansas, and is employed as an Intel Corporation Business Attorney supporting the Technology Manufacturing Group (where she serves as general counsel to IT, External University and Research Consortia Programs, Contingent Workforce) and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Anthony Neal-Graves.

Robert Bernard Pegram

When he enrolled in1982 was part of the largest freshman class (100 students) of Computer Science (CSC) majors at Hampton Institute.  He graduated from now Hampton University in 1987 with his Bachelors of Science degree in CSC.  He went to work for the Department of Defense (DOD) as a programmer in the Navy Computer System development center in Norfolk.  After 4 years, he left DOD and went to work as a Programmer/Analyst for ManTech Corporation as a Navy defense contractor.  In 1991, Robert left the Naval contractor system support and joined the Syscon Corporation to support the Army’s computer system development team.  Syscon Corporation was acquired by Logicon Corporation, which in turn was purchased by Northrop Grumman Corporation.  He has spent the last 17 + years working as a programmer/analyst, systems analyst, systems integrator, systems trainer, software engineer and Senior Software Engineer in support of the Automated Identification Technology (AIT) development center.  He currently is enrolled in the Master of Computer Science program at Norfolk State University.