Hakeem Oluseyi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hakeem Oluseyi
Hakeem Oluseyi 4140177.jpg
Born
James Edward Plummer, Jr.

(1967-03-13) March 13, 1967 (age 54)[1][2][3]
NationalityAmerican
EducationStanford University (Ph.D. 1999)
Stanford University (M.S. 1995)
Tougaloo College (B.S. 1991)
Spouse(s)Jessica Oluseyi
Children3
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Electrical engineering, Science education
InstitutionsNASA
ThesisDevelopment of a Global Model of the Sun's Atmosphere with a Focus on the Solar Transition Region (2000)
Doctoral advisorArthur B. C. Walker, Jr.

Hakeem Muata Oluseyi[4] (born James Edward Plummer, Jr.;[5] March 13, 1967) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, inventor, educator, science communicator, author, actor, veteran, and humanitarian.

Early life and education[edit]

Oluseyi was born James Edward Plummer, Jr.[4] in New Orleans, Louisiana. After his parents divorced when he was four years old, he and his mother moved to a different state along the southern border of the US every year. He lived in some of the country's toughest neighborhoods including the 9th Ward of New Orleans; Watts, Los Angeles, California; Inglewood, California; South Park, Houston, Texas; and Third Ward, Houston, Texas before settling in rural Mississippi a month before Oluseyi turned 13 years old. He completed middle school and high school in the East Jasper School District graduating as his high school's valedictorian in 1985. Oluseyi served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1986. He credits the Navy with teaching him algebra.[4]

After leaving the Navy with an honorable discharge due to a skin condition he had suffered since he was a child, Oluseyi enrolled in Tougaloo College where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in physics and mathematics. In 1991, he became a graduate student at Stanford University. He earned M.S. degree in physics in 1995.[4] He changed his name to Hakeem ("wise" in Arabic) Muata ("he who speaks the truth" in Swahili) Oluseyi ("God has done this" in Yoruba) in 1996.[4] Oluseyi earned his Ph.D. degree in physics from Stanford in 1999[4][6] under the mentorship of Arthur B. C. Walker Jr., from whom he learned experimental space research. Under Walker's tutelage, Oluseyi helped to design, build, calibrate, and launch the Multi-Spectral Solar Telescope Array (MSSTA), which pioneered normal incidence extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray imaging of the Sun's transition region and corona. Oluseyi is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Career[edit]

From 1999 to 2001 he worked on semiconductor research at Applied Materials. From 2001 to 2004 he was a research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working on the Dark Energy Camera and Vera C. Rubin Observatory.[7]

From 2007 to 2019, he was on the faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology in the departments of Physics and Space Sciences. His academic rank was distinguished research professor.[6] From 2016 to 2019. he was stationed at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC where he was the Space Sciences education manager for NASA's Science Mission Directorate via the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program.[6][8] Oluseyi was named a Visiting Robinson Professor at George Mason University in 2021, a distinction by which the university recognizes outstanding faculty.[9]

In 2021, he published an autobiography titled: A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars co-authored with Joshua Horwitz.[7]

His best known scientific contributions are research on the transfer of mass and energy through the Sun's atmosphere; the development of space-borne observatories for studying astrophysical plasmas and dark energy; and the development of transformative technologies in ultraviolet optics,[10][11][12][13] detectors,[14][15][16][17] computer chips,[18][19][20][21] and ion propulsion.[22]

In popular culture[edit]

Oluseyi appears as a commentator and scientific authority on Science Channel television shows including How the Universe Works, Outrageous Acts of Science, Curiosity, NASA's Unexplained Files, Space's Deepest Secrets, and Strip the Cosmos,[23]. He also appeared as a 'bakineering' (baking and engineering) judge on Netflix's Baking Impossible.[24][25]

He contributed science articles to the news media, including The Washington Post.[26] He lent his voice and scientific expertise to the award-winning science education video game ExoTrex: A Space Science Adventure Game in collaboration with Dig-It! Games.[27]

He co-authored the children's popular science book Discovery Spaceopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Space.[28]

Family[edit]

Oluseyi met his wife, Jessica, at Tougaloo College. They have a daughter and a son. Oluseyi has a son from an earlier relationship.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hakeem Oluseyi [@hakeemoluseyi] (13 March 2017). "Maybe y'all didn't notice that today's my birthday. C'mon! A guy only turns 23 once (each year)!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Jones, Maya A. (11 October 2016). "Astrophysicist and HBCU grad Hakeem Oluseyi is making waves". The Undefeated. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  3. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem; Horwitz, Joshua (15 June 2021). A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars. Random House Publishing Group. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-9848-1910-9.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Jones, Maya (11 October 2016). "Astrophysicist and HBCU grad Hakeem Oluseyi is making waves". The Undefeated. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (5 October 2012). "Rise of a gangsta nerd: Fellows Friday with Hakeem Oluseyi". TED Blog. Interviewed by Karen Frances Eng. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Faculty and Staff Profiles". Florida Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  7. ^ a b Oluseyi, Hakeem; Horwitz, Joshua (15 June 2021). A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-1984819093.
  8. ^ Hakeem Oluseyi on LinkedIn.
  9. ^ "George Mason University: Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi Named Visiting Robinson Professor". Patch. 26 August 2021.
  10. ^ Walker, Arthur (1 February 1994). "Astronomical observations with normal incidence multilayer optics III: selection of multilayer bandpasses". Proc. SPIE. 2011: 450. Bibcode:1994SPIE.2011..450W. doi:10.1117/12.167216. S2CID 122946720.
  11. ^ Walker, Arthur (11 November 1994). "Astronomical observations with normal incidence multilayer optics IV: selection of spectral lines". Proc. SPIE. 2279: 343. Bibcode:1994SPIE.2279..343W. doi:10.1117/12.193153. S2CID 119856407.
  12. ^ Kankelborg, Charles (20 June 1995). "Calibration of multilayer mirrors for the Multi-Spectral Solar Telescope Array II". In Hoover, Richard B; Walker, Jr, Arthur B. C (eds.). X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics. Proc. SPIE. 2515. pp. 436–444. doi:10.1117/12.212609. S2CID 122012916. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  13. ^ Plummer, James (20 June 1995). "Design and performance of thin foil XUV filters for the Multi-Spectral Solar Telescope Array II". In Hoover, Richard B; Walker, Jr, Arthur B. C (eds.). X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics. Proc. SPIE. 2515. pp. 565–575. doi:10.1117/12.212623. S2CID 121896732. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  14. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (21 October 2005). Meynart, Roland; Neeck, Steven P; Shimoda, Haruhisa (eds.). "Advanced broadband imager for EUV and FUV studies with exquisite precision". Proc. SPIE. Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites IX. 5978: 387. Bibcode:2005SPIE.5978..387O. doi:10.1117/12.646707. S2CID 122251142.
  15. ^ Nikzad, Shouleh (18 December 2000). "Ultrastable and uniform EUV and UV detectors". Proc. SPIE. 4139: 250. Bibcode:2000SPIE.4139..250N. doi:10.1117/12.410541. S2CID 111005411.
  16. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (4 November 2004). Meynart, Roland; Neeck, Steven P; Shimoda, Haruhisa (eds.). "Characterization and deployment of large-format fully depleted back-illuminated p-channel CCDs for precision astronomy". Proc. SPIE. Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII. 5570: 515. Bibcode:2004SPIE.5570..515O. doi:10.1117/12.566976. S2CID 121428999.
  17. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (7 June 2004). Blouke, Morley M; Sampat, Nitin; Motta, Ricardo J (eds.). "LBNL four-side buttable CCD package development". Proc. SPIE. Sensors and Camera Systems for Scientific, Industrial, and Digital Photography Applications V. 5301: 87. Bibcode:2004SPIE.5301...87O. doi:10.1117/12.531954. S2CID 137323221.
  18. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (5 August 2003). "Method and apparatus employing optical emission spectroscopy to detect a fault in process conditions of a semiconductor processing system". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  19. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (14 October 2003). "Monitoring of film characteristics during plasma-based semi-conductor processing using optical emission spectroscopy". United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  20. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (23 August 2005). "High selectivity and residue free process for metal on thin dielectric gate etch application". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  21. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (13 September 2005). "System, method and medium for modeling, monitoring and/or controlling plasma based semiconductor manufacturing processes". uspto.gov. United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  22. ^ Chesny, David (29 June 2015). "The Magnetic Reconnection Rocket: Advanced Ion Propulsion Inspired by Solar Particle Acceleration". 100 Year Starship 2014 Public Symposium Conference Proceedings. ISBN 978-0990384014.
  23. ^ "Hakeem Oluseyi". IMDb.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  24. ^ "Baking Impossible Judges: Andrew Smyth, Joanne Chang & Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi!". Blurred Reality.
  25. ^ "Baking Impossible". Netflix web site. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  26. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (19 June 2021). "Intelligent life probably exists on distant planets — even if we can't make contact, astrophysicist says". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  27. ^ "Ready for a Scientific Space Adventure?". Dig-It! Games. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  28. ^ Discovery Spaceopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Space. Discovery Channel. 13 October 2015. ISBN 978-1618934079.
  29. ^ Oluseyi, Hakeem (2021). A quantum life : my unlikely journey from the street to the stars. New York: Ballantine Books. pp. 202, 279, 343. ISBN 978-1-9848-1910-9. OCLC 1256670197.