Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Ph.D.

Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi is an internationally recognized astrophysicist, science TV personality, and global science education activist. His research interests span the fields of astrophysics, cosmology, and technology development. He received B.S. degrees in Physics & Mathematics from Tougaloo College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Stanford University.

Since 2007, Dr. Oluseyi has been a professor of Physics & Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology. He currently has 7 U.S. patents, 4 EU patents and over 60 scholarly publications in the areas of astrophysics, optics and detector technologies development; nanotechnology manufacturing; observational cosmology; and the history of astronomy.

Dr. Oluseyi is passionate about communicating the scientific process and the results of modern science to students and the public in the U.S. and around the world. He has appeared on Discovery, Science Channel, NBC, CNN and more. He has won several honors including selection as a 2012 TED Global Fellow, a 2011 and 2013 U.S. State Department Speaker & Specialist, the Outstanding Technical Innovation and Best Paper at the 2010 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference, the 2006 Physics Technical Achiever of the Year by the National Technical Association, a 2005 NASA Earth/Sun Science New Investigator Fellow, the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Astrophysics Research Fellow, the Ernest O. Lawrence Astrophysics Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2001-2003), and as a NASA GSRP Fellow at Stanford University.

Dr. Oluseyi currently investigates Galactic structure and formation using time-domain survey data analyzed via big data astroinformatics and high-performance computing. He further leads a group studying processes by which electromagnetic fields and plasmas interact in order to understand solar atmospheric heating and acceleration, which has resulted in a new in-space propulsion technology.

Most recently, Dr. Oluseyi has begun working with the 100 Year Starship Project to help lay the groundwork in preparation for the first human mission to a nearby star.

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