Episode 18: From War-Torn Liberia to Fulbright Awardee and NASA Engineer w/ PHD Student Emmanuel Johnson


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In this Episode, Minority Trailblazer Emmanuel Johnson shares;

  • How he went from 2.3 GPA his Sophomore year to graduating Magna Cum Laude
  • The Top 3 Things he l;earned from his time as a Fulbright Scholar
  • What life is like as a first year Robotics PHD student
  • and much much more

Perfect show to share with;

  • Aspiring PHD Students
  • High School Students with Low GPA’s
  • College Students & Parents
  • People that love positive, transparent, and actionable conversations with World Changers


Information About Emmanuel Johnson:

Emmanuel Johnson is the first student in the illustrious history of North Carolina A&T State University to receive the prestigious Fullbright scholarship. He is currently pursuing my PhD at the University of Southern California in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. He holds a Masters degree in Robotics from the University of Birmingham, England through a Fulbright Post-Graduate Award. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Philosophy from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. During his undergraduate career at North Carolina A&T State University, Emmanuel distinguished himself both as a scholar and leader.

He served in various leadership roles such as President of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Chancellor’s Academic Review Commission, and the Regional Board of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). During summer breaks from his studies at A&T, he conducted research in robotics at the University of Michigan and at Carnegie Mellon University and his first internship after the University of Birmingham was with Nasa Jet propulsion pack in Florida. Ultimately, Emmanuel plans to obtain a doctorate degree in robotics and use his expertise to build a comprehensive robotics program that impacts inner-city youth. And get this, He is is only 25 years old.


Emmanuel’s Favorite Quote

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.“- Henry Longfeller 

Emmanuel’s Favorite Book

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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  • 9ersfarm

    Hi Emmanuel! We are so proud of you and we are sorry we could never see you whilst you were in Birmingham. We are still here, moving forward at the University of Leeds. AGGIE PRIDE!!
    Tipp-n-Toni

  • Sheikh Dukuly, II

    Congratulations! The Longfellow’s quote sums it all. Keep it up!