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Hakeem Oluseyi to Speak at 2020 Distinguished Scientists Lecture

Friday, January 31, 2020
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Internationally-recognized astrophysicist and host of How the Universe Works to discuss “Hack the Stars: Passionate Pursuit of the Universe”

by Carla Sierra

Trinity University’s Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series presents Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D., with a lecture titled "Hack the Stars: Passionate Pursuit of the Universe.” The lecture, which is part of the University’s Black History Month celebration, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, and no reservations or tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. 

Oluseyi is an internationally-recognized astrophysicist, inventor, science television personality, and global science education advocate who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in scientific research, academia, and the media. He is the inventor of eight US patents and four European Union patents. 

In addition, Oluseyi is the author of more than 80 scientific publications covering contributions to astrophysics, cosmology, optics and detector development, semiconductor manufacturing, and ion propulsion. He has also made notable contributions to the advancement of science education, diversity and inclusion, and human capacity building in the sciences—both in the US and abroad.

Oluseyi earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Tougaloo College and a master’s degree and doctorate in physics from Stanford University. Since 2007, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Aerospace, Physics, and Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology, where he was the director of Florida Tech’s interdisciplinary sciences major for eight years while an associate professor, before becoming a distinguished research professor in 2016 and leaving for NASA headquarters. 

From November 2016 to August 2019, Oluseyi served as the space science education lead for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD), managing 25 STEM Activation Cooperative Agreements totaling $45 million, which helped set the direction and strategy for SMD’s STEM education investments and strategic communications.

The lecture is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets are required. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis. 

The Trinity University Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series is made possible by the Walter F. Brown Family of San Antonio. For more information visit Trinity’s events calendar. Visit Facebook to informally RSVP to the event.

Carla Sierra is public relations manager in the Strategic Communication and Marketing Department, she can be reached at csierra [at] trinity.edu