Student Spotlight - Namita Rao
Namita Rao portrait


Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) senior Namita Rao participated in the Pre-College Artificial Intelligence (AI) program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) last summer. After undergoing an extremely selective application process, she was one of 19 students from a pool of 450 to receive a full scholarship to the program subsidized by the nonprofit group AI4All.

CMU's Pre-College AI program provides high school juniors and seniors with a strong interest in computer science with the opportunity to utilize AI to address problems of probabilistic and numeric nature. Students work with CMU faculty, staff and researchers who have been leaders in Artificial Intelligence since the field was invented at university in the 1950s. Miss Rao was a key leader in her group which presented a project on geospatial analytics using AI at the end of the program.

Also at CMU, Miss Rao auditioned for, and was selected to participate in, the Pre-Acapella Group. The group performed the National Anthem prior to a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park.

A Distinguished Honor Roll student at PWHS, Miss Rao is a member of the Colonial Players, the Select Vocal Ensemble acapella group, Interact, Girl Up and the Town Crier school newspaper. As a member of the Colonial Players, she was part of the marketing teams that won a Cappies Award for RENT and an Independence Award for Theory of Relativity. She was also a lead Cappies critic and was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on three occasions. Additionally, she was a key member of the Theory of Relativity cast.