Tag: African Scientists in America

Rediet Abebe | The Ethiopian-born computer scientist who is using artificial intelligence for social good

By Ebimo Amungo

Rediet Abebe is an Ethiopian-born Computer Scientist who specializes in Artificial Intelligence. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Junior Fellow (2019-22) at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Abebe became the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in the United States in 2018. 

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Bukola Ayodele | How this 25-year-old making $210,000 per year in New York City spends her money

By Alicia Adamczyk | CNBC

Sitting in her immaculately organized bedroom, Bukola Ayodele recalls some of the challenges she’s faced as a black woman in tech. She doesn’t work with many people who look like her, she says, which can feel isolating. Occasionally, the security team in the office building where she’s worked for three years will stop her in the lobby, not believing she belongs there until she shows her badge.

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Timnit Gebru | More than 1,200 Google workers condemn firing of Ethiopian-American AI scientist

By Julia Carrie Wong | The Guardian

More than 1,200 Google employees and more than 1,500 academic researchers are speaking out in protest after a prominent Ethiopian- American scientist studying the ethics of artificial intelligence said she was fired by Google after the company attempted to suppress her research and she criticized its diversity efforts.

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Fadji Maina | Meet the first Nigerien scientist to work for Nasa

by BBC

Fadji Maina has become the first scientist from Niger to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

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Adji Bousso Dieng |This AI Expert From Senegal Is Helping Showcase Africans In STEM

By Andrew Wight | Forbes

Not only has Adji Bousso Dieng, an AI researcher from Senegal, contributed to the field of generative modeling and about to become one of the first black female faculty in Computer Science in the Ivy League, she is also helping Africans in STEM tell their own success stories.

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Ibrahim Diallo : “My experience of getting a job as a software developer in America is filled with unfair treatment.”

Guinean-born Ibrahim Diallo got his first computer when he was five, which triggered a lifelong passion for programming. He has worked as a software engineer in the US for 12 years and in 2018 wrote a much-read blog about how he was fired by a machine. 

Now, as race issues once again take centre stage in America and beyond, he has shared with the BBC his experience of being a black programmer.

By Ibrahim Diallo | BBC

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America-based Ghanaian awarded MBL Emerging Entrepreneur Award

Cornerlis Kweku Affre| myjoyonline

An Ghanaian has been awarded this year’s Emerging Entrepreneur Award by the Metropolitan Business League in Richmond, Virginia.

Bismark Agbemble was given the award for hard work in developing three signature products in the area of Education, Entertainment and E-Commerce to solve problems through innovation, efficiency, and ease of use through their WebRTC platform.

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Egyptian-American doctor helps to develop new COVID-19 test kit

By Al-Masry Al-Youm

Johns Hopkins University announced earlier in March that it had made a breakthrough that would allow testing 1,000 people for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) per day, reducing pressure on laboratories and allowing governments to better isolate those infected with the respiratory illness and control its spread.

Two specialists in microbiology developed the new test, one of them is Karen Carroll and the other is Egyptian-American Dr. Heba Mostafa.

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Ghanaian chemical scientist, Professor Kwasi Adomako Ohemeng, receives American Society’s highest honour

Professor Kwasi Adomako Ohemeng, the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Central University, has been honoured by the American Chemical Society for his contributions to the development of industrial chemistry and for discoveries of medicines that impact the welfare of society.

He is among a team of 16 scientists from Paratek Pharmaceuticals whose work for the development of the FDA-approved antibiotic drugs Nuzyra (omadacycline) and Seysara (sarecycline) was recognised and adorned with the Heroes of Chemistry award.

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