When Emmanuel Johnson was awarded the Richard H. Brown Scholarship at NBEF’s Third Annual Gala in June 2009 he was just beginning to hit his stride toward respectable academic achievement. In fact, he was definitely “on the rebound” from a below average performance through his junior year.
Emmanuel worked extremely hard during his senior year at New Brunswick High School. He was focused and determined to defy the odds and make his family, school, community and, most importantly, himself proud.
AND MAKE US PROUD HE DID … Emmanuel Johnson graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC on May 11, 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and minor in Philosophy. Moreover, he further distinguished himself as a “Fulbright Scholar,” which is one of most prestigious awards of scholarship in the entire world!
As a Fulbright fellow, which operates in over 155 countries providing highly competitive merit based grants for the international exchange of students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad, Emmanuel took full advantage of this extraordinary opportunity and graduated with a Master’s degree in robotics from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in 2014. Wow … a Fulbright Scholar!!!
But he did not stop there. Emmanuel is now a Ph.D. candidate with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence at The University of Southern California (USC). Since starting his doctoral program at USC, Emmanuel has traveled the globe presenting research in Artificial Intelligence at conferences held in various countries including Japan, Brazil, Wales, Singapore, and England.
Also, Emmanuel recently performed a 6-month internship at the Intel Corporation in Oregon. He worked on major projects related to neuromorphic computing that entailed building hardware for artificial intelligent systems that processes information the way neurons route information in the human brain.
Upon obtaining his Ph.D., Emmanuel plans to pursue a career in research developing artificial intelligent systems for social good. He wants to use artificial intelligence to improve the quality of education for inner-city and at risk youth. Emmanuel states, “I believe that education is one of the greatest equalizers and artificial intelligence can bring forth the needed access to all. In addition, my goal is to turn my research into viable private ventures with capital that can make a positive impact in our communities.”
What’s even more special about Emmanuel is that he continued to “give back” to his community as a leader in NBEF’s College & Young Professional Network, participated on the New Brunswick Public School District’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Advisory Board, and often visited classrooms at New Brunswick High School to motivate students.
He has also remained in close contact with his NBEF Scholarship donors – Richard H. and Christine Brown, Gregory and Anna Louise Brown, and family.
HIS ADVICE TO NEW BRUNSWICK YOUTH: “As I’ve traveled and worked with students, researchers and business leaders all over the world, I can confidently say that you all have the same talent, creativity and drive to be the most powerful and influential group. Always remember that no one makes it to the top by themselves. Seek mentors, sponsors and other advocates who will help you turn your potential into a real lasting impact. I have all the faith that New Brunswick has and will continue to develop the best leaders of tomorrow.”