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Hakeem Oluseyi Explores His Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars in SC23 Keynote


Defying the odds

In the heart of one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country, young Hakeem Oluseyi’s world was a confined space, but his imagination soared to the stars. While other kids roamed the streets, he was inside, poring over encyclopedias and glued to PBS nature shows. A love for science and a fascination with the cosmos were kindled within him, sparked by the likes of Albert Einstein, who became his hero.

Oluseyi’s early life was far from easy. Growing up with little supervision at home, attending a school with the lowest ratings in the state, and facing the allure of the wrong crowd were all hurdles he had to navigate. Even when he finally made it to Stanford University, he found himself failing physics exams, a subject about which he was deeply passionate. But Hakeem possessed a resilience that defied the odds.

Grasping the stars

Today, Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi stands as a world-renowned astrophysicist, a former Space Science Education Lead at NASA, and an inspiration to countless individuals worldwide. His story is one of defying the odds, pursuing impossible dreams, and refusing to heed the discouragement of naysayers.

With humor, candor, and a spirit that ignites hope, Oluseyi captivates audiences with his groundbreaking scientific research. Yet, it’s his personal journey that truly moves hearts. He shows the world that no matter how daunting the circumstances, one can rise above them, grasp the stars, and extend a hand to lift others up along the way.

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi’s keynote, “Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars,” is a testament to the power of determination, inspiration, and the boundless potential within us all.

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SC23 Keynote

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Colorado Convention Center

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