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Oluseyi, Hakeem

Distinguished Research Professor, Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

Personal Overview

I am currently stationed at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC via the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program. The IPA program provides for the temporary assignment of experts between the federal government and eligible organizations like Florida Tech. I serve as an Astrophysicst and Space Science Education Lead for NASA's Science Missions Directorate.

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.

My research interests are focused on “hacking the stars.” That is, I utilize theory and observations of stars and the Sun to advance knowledge of the objects under study and also to “repurpose” them to learn about other parts of the universe and develop new technologies. This work is in two broad areas. The first area utilizes multiwavelength time-series data analyzed via astrostatistics and time-domain informatics methods using machine learning techniques and high-performance computing. Current topics of investigation involve measuring the statistics and demographics of stellar variability in the Galaxy, characterizing rare stellar populations, and astro-archeology of the Galactic halo. This work has produced advances in time-domain informatics and astrostatistics techniques. The second area utilizes theory and observations of the Sun’s corona and transition region to understand processes that energize solar plasmas. The focus has been on small-scale phenomena, the detailed interactions of fields and plasmas, and the resulting field dynamics, mass flows, and heating. An exciting technological spin-off from the solar work has been an astrophysics-inspired ion acceleration technique that we have dubbed Magnetic Reconnection Ion Acceleration (MaRIA). The MaRIA technology is capable of accelerating ions to greater than 3,000 km/sec, over 40 times faster than state of the art ion propulsion like X3 and VASIMIR but with greater efficiency and generating higher thrust.

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 several television series. I co-host Outrageous Acts of Science and How the Universe Works on Discovery Science Channel and frequently offer scientific expertise to news programs on ABC News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University
M.S. Physics, Stanford University
B.S. Physics, Tougaloo College
B.S. Mathematics, Tougaloo College

Recognition & Awards

Emmy nomination for The Great American Eclipse on ABC News 2018

Honorary Doctorate Honoris Causa, Tougaloo College 2018

Webby Award for Total Solar Eclipse 2017 2018

Webby People's Voice Award for Total Solar Eclipse 2017 2018

Webby Award for Total Solar Eclipse 2017 | Live Coverage in Film & Video 2018

Webby People's Voice Award for Total Solar Eclipse 2017 | Live Coverage 2018

U.S. Intelligence Community’s EEOD Certificate of Appreciation 2017

University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium speaker 2017

Baltimore City Council’s Resolution in Recognition of Community Service 2017

Baltimore Mayor’s Recognition for Professional Accomplishment and Community Service 2017 

ComputEd Gazette’s Innovative Online Learning EDDIE Award for ExoTrex 2016

MLK Faculty Fellow, MIT Visiting Associate Professor of Physics 2015/16

MLK Faculty Fellow, MIT Visiting Associate Professor of Physics 2014/15

National Educator of Excellence award, AAREA 2015

National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame inductee for Science, 2015

Ozy Rising Star, Ozy.com 2014

U.S. State Department Speaker & Specialist to Algeria, 2013

Visiting Scholar, Physics Department, MIT 2013

TED 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 Aerospace Systems Conference 2010

Best Space Sciences Paper, NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference 2010

NASA Earth-Sun Science New Investigator Fellow, 2006

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

Professional Experience

Space Science Education Lead, Science Missions Directorate
NASA Headquarters (2016 – present)

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Physics & Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology (2016 – present)

Chief Science Officer, Science Channel
Discovery Communications, Inc. (2015 – 2017)

Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Fellow, Department of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015 – 2016) 

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology (2007 – 2016)

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
University of Alabama in Huntsville (2004 – 2007)

E. O. Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow
Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (2001 – 2004)

Senior Process Engineer
Applied Materials, Inc. (1999 – 2001)

Current Research

NEAR-FIELD COSMOLOGY
Galactic Structure and Evolution
Astrostatistics
Time-Domain Informatics
High-Performance Scientific Computing 

SOLAR ATMOSPHERE
Small-scale solar coronal transient phenomena
Field-particle interactions
Multithermal atmospheric structure

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
Plasma-based in-space ion propulsion
Solid-State Detectors
Semiconductor Manufacturing

COLLABORATIONS AND SURVEYS
LSST Transients & Variables Collaboration
KELT Exoplanet Candidate Followup
Hands-On Universe

Selected Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Chesny, D. L.; Orange, N. B.; Valletta, D.; Oluseyi, H. M. “Toward Laboratory Torsional Spine Magnetic Reconnection," Journal of Plasma Physics, 82, pp. 905830602 (2017).

Johnston, K. B. and Oluseyi, H. M. “Generation of a Supervised Classification Algorithm for Time-Series Variable Stars with an Application to the LINEAR Dataset," New Astronomy, 52, pp. 35-47 (2017).

Prier, D.; Davis N.; Mann, M. M.; Oluseyi, H. M. “Life Skills Students in the STEM Classroom: Robotics as Effective Project Based Learning," Technology and Engineering Teacher, 77, Issue 9 (2017).

Orange, N. B.; Chesny, D. L.; Gendre, B.; Morris, D. C.; Oluseyi, H. M. “Solar Atmospheric Magnetic Energy Coupling: Broad Plasma Conditions and Spectrum Regimes,” Astrophysical Journal, 833, pp. 257-270 (2016).

Chesny, D. L.; Oluseyi, H. M.; Orange, N. B.; Champey, P. R.; Clark, A. “Dynamic Flaring Non-Potential Fields on Quiet Sun Network Scales,” Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 822, pp. 72-84 (2016)

McGruder, C. H.; Dunsby, P.; Whitelock, P.; Norris, L.; Assamagan, K.; Holbrook, J.; Imara, N.; Oluseyi, H.; Medupe, T. "Capacity Building in South African Astronomy and Astrophysics," American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #227, id.#247.06 (2016).

Chesny, D. L.; Oluseyi, H. M.; Orange, N. B.; Champey, P. R. "Quiet-Sun Network Bright Point Phenomena with Sigmoidal Signatures," Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 814, pp. 124-133 (2015).

Orange, N. Brice; Chesny, David L.; Oluseyi, Hakeem M. "Observations of an Energetically Isolated Quiet Sun Transient: Evidence of Quasi-steady Coronal Heating," Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 810, pp. 98-111 (2015)

Fendall, M.; Denkins, P.; Fisher, S.; Oluseyi, H. M.; Yarborough, P. "Human Mars Exploration Research Objectives," Proceedings of the 2014 NSBE Aerospace Conference (2014).

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 Observatory’s HMI and AIA Instruments’ Nominal Pointings on Sub-Weekly Time Scales." Solar Physics, 289, pp. 1901-1915 (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.; ⋆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, 289, pp. 1557-1584 (2014).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).


Books
 

Howard Jr., R.L.; ...; Oluseyi, H.M.; et al. (2017). Unlimited Horizons: Recommendations of the NSBE Visions for Human Space Flight Working Group. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 22, 2017)

Discovery Channel with Hakeem M. Oluseyi (2015). Discovery Spaceopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Space. New York, NY: Liberty Street.

Oluseyi, H. M. (2010). Proceedings of the 2009 Joint Annual Conference of The National Society of Black Physicists and The National Society of Hispanic Physicists. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1280; Nashville, TN, 11–15 February 2009.

Oluseyi, H. M. (2009). Proceedings of the 2008 Joint Annual Conference of The National Society of Black Physicists and The National Society of Hispanic Physicists. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1140; Washington, D. C., 20–23 February 2008.

Oluseyi, H. M. (2008). Proceedings of the 2007 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists. AIP Conference Proceedings Volume 991; Boston (Massachusetts), 21–24 February 2007.

Oluseyi, H. M. (2006). Proceedings of the 2005 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists. Edited by Hakeem M. Oluseyi, The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Orlando (Florida), 21–24 February 2005.

 

US PATENTS

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.


EU PATENTS

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.