Physics and Space Sciences
As a professor of Physics & Space Sciences, I see my 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.
I currently lead a research group at FIT that hacks stars to understand the fundamental interactions of plasmas and electromagnetic fields and that investigates Galactic structure and formation by using the techniques of big data astroinformatics and high-performance computing applied to survey data. Most recently, I have begun working with the 100 Year Starship Project to help lay the groundwork in preparation for the first human mission to a nearby star system.
Communicating the scientific process and the results of modern science to students and the public in the U.S. and around the world is one of my passions. I currently appear regularly in eight television series. On Science Channel I co-host Outrageous Acts of Science, How the Universe Works, Alien Encounters, Strip the Cosmos, and NASA's Unexplained Files. On Discovery International I co-host Deadly Dilemmas and You Have Been Warned. On National Geographic I hosted Evacuate Earth and its follow-up series How to Survive the End of the World. You may have also seen me in the HBO drama The Making of the Leftovers. Finally, I have offered scientific expertise on news programs on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University
M.S. Physics, Stanford University
B.S. Physics, Tougaloo College
B.S. Mathematics, Tougaloo College
Recognition & Awards
MLK Visiting Professor of Physics, MIT 2014
U.S. State Department Speaker & Specialist to Algeria, 2013
Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Physics, MIT 2013
TED Global Fellow, 2012
Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Astronomy, UC Berkeley 2012, 2013
U.S. State Department Speaker & Specialist to South Africa, 2011, 2012
Special Merit Award for Space Spinoffs radio series, CASE III Advancement Awards, 2011
Outstanding Technical Innovation Award, NSBE ASC 2010
Best Space Sciences Paper, NSBE ASC 2010
National Technical Association Technical Achiever of the Year in Physics, 2006
Gordon & Betty Moore Astrophysics Research Fellow, 2003
NSBP Distinguished Dissertation Award, 2002
Ernest O. Lawrence Fellow at LBNL, 2001 – 2004
NASA GSRP Fellow at Stanford University, 1994 – 1999
Stanford Graduate Fellowship, 1991 – 1993
Solid State Physics
The Whole Earth Course
Physics 1: Newtonian Dynamics
Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology (2007 – present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
University of Alabama in Huntsville (2004 – 2007)
E. O. Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (2001 – 2004)
Member of the Technical Staff
Applied Materials, Inc. (1999 – 2001)
Faculty Advisor, African Students Association
Advisor, Interdisciplinary Sciences Major
Galactic Structure and Evolution
High-Performance Scientific Computing
Small-scale solar coronal transient phenomena
Multithermal atmospheric structure
Plasma-based in-space ion propulsion
COLLABORATIONS AND SURVEYS
LSST Transients & Variables Collaboration
KELT Exoplanet Candidate Followup
Fendall, M.; Denkins, P.; Fisher, S.; Oluseyi, H. M.; Yarborough, P. "Human Mars Exploration Research Objectives," Proceedings of the 2014 NSBE Aerospace Conference (2014).
Chesny, D.; Oluseyi, H.M.; Orange, N.B. "Non-Potential Fields in the Quiet-Sun Network: EUV and Magnetic Footpoint Observations," Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 778, pp. 17-23 (2013).
Orange, N.B.; Chesny, D.; Oluseyi, H.M.; Hesterly, K.; Patel, M.; Champey, P. "Direct Observations of Plasma Upflows, Condensation, and Catastrophic Cooling in a Solar Transition Region Loop," Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 778, pp. 90-99 (2013).
Orange, N. B.; Oluseyi, H. M.; Chesny, D. L.; Patel, M.; Champey, P.; Hesterly, K.; Anthony, D.; Treen, R. Temporal Variations of the Solar Dynamics Observatorys HMI and AIA Instruments’ Nominal Pointings on Sub-Weekly Time Scales. Solar Physics, DOI: 10.1007/s11207-013-0441-2 (2013).
Orange, N.B.; Oluseyi, H.M.; Chesny, D.L.; Patel, M.; Hesterly, K.; Preuss, L.; Neira, C.; Turner, N. E., "Comparative Analysis of a Transition Region Bright Point with a Blinker and Coronal Bright Point using Multiple EIS Emission Lines," Solar Physics, DOI: 10.1007/s11207-013-0423-4 (2013).
Palaversa, L.; Ivezic, Z; Ruzdjak, D.; Sudar, D.; Galin, M.; Kroflin, A.; Mesaric, M.; Munk, P.; Vrbanec, D.; Bozic, H.; Loebman, S.; Sesar, B.; Rimoldini, L.; Hunt-Walker, N.; VanderPlas, J.; Westman, D.; Stuart, J.S.; Becker, A.C.; Srdoc, G.; Wozniak, P.; Oluseyi, H.M., "Exploring the Variable Sky with LINEAR. III. Classification of Periodic Light Curves," Astronomical Journal, Vol. 146, pp. 101-131 (2013).
Sesar, B.; Ivezic, Z; H.M.; Stuart, J.S.; Morgan, D.M.; Becker, A.C.; Sharma, S.; Palaversa, L.; Juric, M.; Wozniak, P.; Oluseyi, H.M., "Exploring the Variably Sky with LINEAR.II.Halo Structure and Substrucre Traced by RR Lyrae Stars to 30 kpc," As- tronomical Journal, Vol. 146, pp. 21-38 (2013).
Oluseyi, H.M.; Becker, A.; Culliton, C. S.; Furqan, M.; Hoadley, K.; Regencia, P.;Wells, A. J.; Ivezi'c, Z ̆; Jones, R. L.; Krughoff, K. S.; Sesar, B.; Jacoby, J.; Allison, I. J., "Simulated LSST survey of RR Lyrae stars throughout the Local Group," Astronomical Journal, Vol. 144, pp. 9-17 (2012).
Holbrook, J.C.; Oluseyi, H.M.; Williams, A., "Total Solar Eclipse Coverage in Africa: Boundary Maintenance and the Control of Image within the African American Scientific Community," Critical Arts, Vol. 26, Issue 5, pp. 762-787 (2012).
Oluseyi, H.M. 2005. System, Method and Medium for Modeling, Monitoring and/or Controlling Plasma Based Semiconductor Manufacturing Processes. U.S. Patent #6943503, 28 claims.
Shen, M.; Du, Y.; Gani, N.; Yauw, O.; Oluseyi, H.M. 2005. High Selectivity and Residue Free Process for Metal on Thin Dielectric Gate Etch Application. U.S. Patent #6933243, 24 claims.
Oluseyi, H.M. and Sarfaty, M. 2003. Monitoring of Film Characteristics during Plasma- Based Semiconductor Processing Using Optical Emission Spectroscopy. U.S. Patent #6633391, 20 claims.
Oluseyi, H.M. and Sarfaty, M. 2003. Method and Apparatus Employing Optical Emis- sion Spectroscopy to Detect a Fault in Process Conditions of a Semiconductor System. U.S. Patent #6603538, 21 claims.
Nallan, P. and Oluseyi, H.M. 2003. Method of Etching Tungsten or Tungsten Nitride in Semiconductor Structures. U.S. Patent #6579806, 18 claims.
Nallan, P. and Oluseyi, H.M. 2002. Method of Etching Tungsten or Tungsten Nitride Electrode Gates in Semiconductor Structures. U.S. Patent #6440870, 61 claims.
Nallan, P. and Oluseyi, H.M. 2002. Method of Etching Tungsten or Tungsten Nitride Electrode Gates in Semiconductor Structures. U.S. Patent #6423644, 44 claims.
Oluseyi, H.M. and Nallan, P. 2002. Method of Increasing Selectivity to Mask When Etching Tungsten or Tungsten Nitride. U.S. Application #20030235995, 10 claims.
Oluseyi, H.M. and Sarfaty, M. 2003. Monitoring of Film Characteristics during Plasma- Based Semiconductor Processing Using Optical Emission Spectroscopy. European Application #048227, 20 claims.
Oluseyi, H.M. and Sarfaty, M. 2003. Method and Apparatus Employing Optical Emission Spectroscopy to Detect a Fault in Process Conditions of a Semiconductor System. European Application #043658, 21 claims.
Nallan, P. and Oluseyi, H.M. 2002. Method of Etching Tungsten or Tungsten Nitride Electrode Gates in Semiconductor Structures. European Patent #1350265, 61 claims.
Nallan, P. and Oluseyi, H.M. 2002. Method of Etching Tungsten or Tungsten Nitride Electrode Gates in Semiconductor Structures. European Patent #1299904, 44 claims.