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Hakeem M. Oluseyi, PhD


Former Space Science Education Lead for NASA

Hakeem Oluseyi, author of the upcoming memoir, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey From the Streets to the Stars, is an internationally recognized astrophysicist, science TV personality and global education advocate who has had a long, distinguished career in academia and scientific research. Most recently, he was stationed at NASA Headquarters, where he served as an astrophysicist and space science education lead for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. In addition, he was a professor of aerospace, physics and space sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology since 2007.

A former TED fellow, Dr. Oluseyi holds three degrees, eight U.S. patents, and four EU patents, and co-hosts several shows on Science Channel and Discovery International, including “Outrageous Acts of Science,” “How the Universe Works” and “You Have Been Warned.” He is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.

Dr. Oluseyi grew up in some of the roughest neighborhoods in this country. Living in chaotic circumstances led him to spend most of his time indoors reading and watching nature shows. He became determined to become a scientist and overcame incredible odds to earn three degrees: a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics from Tougaloo College and a master’s degree and doctorate in physics from Stanford University. After completing his education, Dr. Oluseyi worked at one of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies and did research on manufacturing computer chips. His inventions can be found in computer chips used today. As NASA’s Space Education lead, he was responsible for co-managing 27 SMD Science Activation cooperative agreements totaling more than $40 million. He also provided strategic and scientific advising for SMD investments in STEM education, citizen science, diversity, equity and inclusion, and strategic communications.

Dr. Oluseyi’s honors include a 2018 Communications Award from the National Space Club, selection as a 2015 MIT Faculty Fellow, and a 2015 induction into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, among many others. Dr. Oluseyi regularly appears on news programs and has won or been nominated for several awards for science reporting, including one Emmy nomination and four Webby Awards.


Fellow-Exclusive Discussion with Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD

Presented by Hakeem M. Oluseyi, PhD at 2:15 PM on Wednesday, March 30th.

Join this Fellow-exclusive opportunity to discuss in a small group setting with Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD, exploring achieving excellence against the most challenging odds. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and dig deeper into how Dr. Oluseyi overcame big obstacles to become a renowned scientist with a passion for giving back to the community.…

Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Address: A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars

Presented by Hakeem M. Oluseyi, PhD at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, March 30th.

Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD, grew up in some of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. As a result, he spent a lot of time inside, reading encyclopedias and watching PBS nature shows. At a young age, he discovered a love of science and space that was inspired by his role model, Albert Einstein. Throughout his childhood…