Engaging with a down-to-earth, successful scientist of African heritage encourages the students and lets them see that someone very similar to them can make it as a scientist…If we put a hundred [research-grade] telescopes on Earth, we are not revolutionizing the developing world, we are revolutionizing Earth.HAKEEM OLUSEYI
How We Know: The Big Bang
Hakeem M. Oluseyi is an internationally recognized astrophysicist, inventor, science communicator, and humanitarian. He has addressed diverse problems in astrophysics including understanding the nature of the dark energy that accelerates our universe, the origin and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy, and the mechanisms by which magnetic fields heat and accelerate astrophysical plasmas.
His work in technology development has included developing instruments for space-based astrophysical research and new techniques for manufacturing computer chips. Originating from one of New Orleans' poorest neighborhoods, Hakeem has made it his life's work to educate the poor in America and in the 3rd World. Some of his current science and education projects include being a member of the development team for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is the highest priority observatory for the U.S.; the UNESCO Earth-Observing Satellite, which is a project between the U.S., Russia, and African nations; and Hands-On Universe Africa, a project to bring real scientific data to science classrooms in underdeveloped nations.
He sees his professional mission as: 1) advancing humanity's understanding of the universe through scientific inquiry; 2) passing on the detailed knowledge of this process and its results to the next generation; and 3) service to humanity and country. He has received the following degrees: Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University; M.S. Physics, Stanford University; B.S. Physics, Tougaloo College; B.S. Mathematics, Tougaloo College.
2013 Visiting Scholar Colloquium, Department of Physics: "Time-Domain Informatics and Smart Data Analytics in the Era of Large Astronomical Surveys," MIT Kavli Institute (5/21/13)
Visiting Professor 2014-2015
Hosted by Professor Sara Seager, Department of Physics
Hakeem M. Oluseyi is an internationally recognized astrophysicist, inventor, science communicator, and humanitarian. He has addressed diverse problems in astrophysics and is the founder of One Telescope Project, which aims to put one research telescope in every country, starting in African and Southern Hemisphere nations.