Fall 2011:

Nov. 18, 2011, "The Creation", Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Ph.D., Astrophysicist and Professor, Department of Physics & Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

Description:

Modern physics and cosmology assert that the universe sprang forth from nothing. This talk will answer the question, "what exists?" and then proceed to examine what we know about each of these entities, what we don't know about them, the forefront ideas of how each may spring from nothing, and the current searches to understand these entities and their origins. Watch the video: TED Talk




Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Ph.D.
Astrophysicist and Professor
Department of Physics & Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology


Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi is an astrophysicist with research interests in the fields of astrophysics, cosmology, and technology development. He received B.S. degrees in Physics & Mathematics from Tougaloo College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Stanford University. In January 2007, Dr. Oluseyi joined the faculty of the department of Physics & Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology. He has won several honors including selection as the 2006 Physics Technical Achiever of the Year by the National Technical Association, as a 2005 NASA Earth/Sun Science New Investigator, as the 2003 Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Astrophysics Research Fellow, as an E. O. Lawrence Astrophysics Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2001-2003), and winner of the National Distinguished Dissertation award (2002).

He currently has 7 U.S. patents, 4 European patents and over 60 scholarly publications in the areas of astrophysics, optics and detector technologies development; nanotechnology manufacturing; observational cosmology; and the history of astronomy. Dr. Oluseyi is passionate about communicating the scientific process and the results of modern science to students and the public in the U.S. and around the world. In the last year he has completed a six-city speaking tour across South Africa on behalf of the U.S. State Department, appeared as an expert on the Discovery Channel's landmark series Curiosity, and has given a TED talk on the Big Bang that has been described by a leading Harvard astronomer as "a model of public explanation."