STUDENT PROFILES

 

SELECTED JEF STUDENTS:

Bryan Christopher Bemley  is a 16 year-old senior that attends Archbishop Carroll High School. Bryan has been using computers since the age of 4 years. Since then, he has had a great fascination with computers and computing. In grades four through six, Bryan began learning the basic fundamentals of the programming language C. In the seventh grade he continued to learn C and also began learning HTML. Bryan has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences with projects associated with the field of Computer Science. Some of these conferences include the National Technical Association (NTA), Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), World Multi-Conference On Systemics Cybernetics, and Informatics (SCI), the District Of Columbia Computer Science Conference (DCCSC), and the International Joint Conference On Neural Networks. At these conferences, Bryan has presented papers on topics such as Artificial Life and Genetic Algorithms, Solving The Traveling Salesman Problem, Smart Toys, and Solving The Touch Sensor Problem Using Lego Mindstorms. Currently, Bryan is doing research on Robotics, web design, 3D art and animation, C and C++ programming and music production. Some of his future goals are to start a video game/multimedia company, start a record label, and develop computer applications that can better the use of computers for everyday life.

Darren Lamison-White  is a graduate of From The Heart Christian School and is very talented when it comes to public speaking, and also has a plethora of academic achievements.Currently he is a freshman computer science major at Bowie State University. He is currently working on a project that involves a version of DOS that has the ability to multitask. This goal of the project is to be able to use this as an operating system so that two external signals can be processed using different applications. The external signals are actually the vibrations that are being detected from both a horizontal and vertical displacement seismometers. This project has already won Darren a first place gold metal in the regional ACT-SO competition, and he will be participating in the national competition in Philadelphia in July. Darren has also entered this project into the District of Columbia Computer Science Competition (DCCSC) at American University back in April 2004. Also, this project won second place at the From The Heart Christian School's high school 2004 science fair in January. After that it advanced to the Prince Georges County regional science fair, where it received honorable mention. Darren was also a flutist in his High School's orchestra. In both 2003 and 2004 the orchestra played an annual concert at the From the Heart Church of Philadelphia. In the yea 2002 it won the first place trophy, at the Orchestra Competition in Williamsburg, Virginia. In the summer of the year 2003, Darren took a number of classes at United States Department of Agriculture Graduate School (USDA-GS). The courses that I took were the following: Network + Certification, PC Troubleshooting, MS-Word, and programming in Basic. Darren also participated in the Prince Georges County Science Fair in the year 2002. The project that he entered, involved him processing sound waves through the output of a circuit board of an overdrive pedal. This project won second place at his High School, and an Honorable Mention at the Prince Georges County Science Fair. In the year 2000, Darren won first place at his High School and County Science Fair, with a project in which he built a horizontal displacement seismometer that allowed him to actually detect earthquakes worldwide. After High School, Darren will be participating in a Summer College program at Bowie State University, which will allow him to earn six credit hours, and a potential scholarship for $12,000. In the fall Darren will be attending Bowie State University majoring in Computer Science.

Eric Lamison-White  is a junior at Bowie High School and he has a range of talents and skills from public speaking to video editing to troubleshooting to programming. He actively works on video editing projects and has released various music videos. These videos have been dispersed across the world over time through the internet. The videos have also been publicly shown at conventions around the country and across waters. Eric has done extensive modifications to his Xbox gaming console. It now functions as a desktop computer and it is capable of running Linux. In the 2004 Eric Lamison-White presented the Xbox Linux project at the Prince George’s County Regional Science Fair, the District of Columbia Computer Science Conference (DCCSC 2004) , the NAACP ACT-SO Scientific Cultural Fair, the JEF International Student Symposium (where he received 2nd Place in high school paper competition) and in the MIE Conference at Bowie State University. With this project he won a $12,000 renewable scholarship to Bowie State University. The United States Army and the George Washington University School of Applied Sciences along with the Patent and Trademark Office Society also recognized him. In the 2003 Eric spoke at the following conferences about his research in video editing: DCCSC 2003, The 7th World Multi-Conference on Systematics, Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI 2003), Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA 2003), National Technical Association (NTA 2003), Louis Stokes – Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP 2003). He speaks some Japanese and exercised his Japanese language skills at the SCI 2003 international conference. He feels that the Japanese language will be of value in furthering his career. Over the past few years he has been maintaining the website www.serebi-nation.org and has used different programming languages and scripts on it. It is written in HTML, using CSS and JavaScript. Recently added is a forum running in PHP and MySQL. In 2002 he wrote a program that calculated planetary orbits in Visual Basic. It won him Grand Prize at the Regional County Science Fair. Had he been older he would have gone to the Intel Nationals. After High School he does plan to attend college. Though, he is not decided upon a particular major, he plans to be in the film industry working in the field of video editing.

Andre Strong  is a senior who attends Thomas Edison High School in Alexandria Virginia. His research area for this program is Neural Networks where he prepares research papers and presentations, which were presented at various conferences and published in numerous proceedings. In the winter of 2003, he gave a presentation on “What Are Neural Networks” to the Organization of Black Scientists, in the spring of 2004 Andre gave two presentations, one at the DCCSC (District of Columbia Computer Science Conference) on the topic ‘The History of Neural Networks” and at the ADMI (Association of Computer and Information Science and Engineering Departments at Minority Institution) Symposium on the topic “The Construction of Neural Networks.” Andre was the only high school student to present his paper at the ADMI Conference, along with undergraduate and graduate students. Currently Andre was nominated and elected as the President of SAC (Student Advisory Council) for the 2004-2005 school year, where he is responsible for planning and organizing all senior activities for Thomas Edison High School class of 2005. Andre’s course load includes chemistry; I.B (International Baccalaureate) Algebra II, Trigonometry and Math Analysis just to name a few. Prior to attending Thomas Edison High School, Andre Strong attended Landstown Technology Academy in Virginia Beach, VA. where he was selected as one of a hundred rising freshmen to attend this prestigious school. His course load included, Data Base Administration, Web Development and Oracle as part of the Information technology curriculum. These classes provided an understanding of HTML (Hyper-text mark-up language), Frames, Java Script, CSS (Cascading style sheets), image mapping, Data Modeling, and SQL. Andre is also a public speaker where he has won several contests such as The Oratorical Contest of the Norfolk/Eastern Shore District Church School Convention where he placed “First” twice. He also placed first in the Tidewater district for the American Legion Oratorical Contest and recently Andre won the high school oratorical contest of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Atwater, California.

Julian Waller  is a sixteen year-old senior currently attending Cardozo High School. Recently, he has participated in LS-Lamp, a student research conference in Louisiana. He submitted a presentation detailing the basics of animation. At that conference he won first place against undergraduate students . He also participated in The National Technical Association (NTA) 2004 Mathematics Contest. Outside of class, Julian is trying to develop a video game along with another student. He is head of animation and music composition. So far he is in the research stage and is learning how to use specific software applications and animation techniques. His spare time is spent playing baseball and making music on the computer. Over the years, when he participated in science fairs, he has won first or second place. He plans to go to college and have a career as a game developer. He has received letters from admission offices to attend Wake Forest University and The Wentworth Institute of Technology, among other schools. He feels that he is a good candidate for a game developer since he has a good imagination and spends a great deal of time on the computer. He get along with people very well and has a positive attitude about others and himself. By the time he is thirty years old he expects to be an employee at one of the leading gaming companies and making lots of money to support his family.
 

SELECTED JEF ALUMNI:

Deandra Barnett, a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, was the principal researcher for the Teenage Girl's Shopping Habits project. This project was a model patterned after TEENBAS which was also written in Prolog. She presented the project at the OMIK conference in Dayton in July 1992 and the Black Data Processing Associates Conference in Detroit in August 1992. The project received a Bronze medal at the NAACP Afro-academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) in computer science. Other activities include being a member of the group of teens which demonstrated TEENBAS at the OMIK conferences in Atlanta and Dayton, The World Congress on Expert Systems in Orlando and the BDPA conference in Detroit. She is in the photo in Black Enterprise magazine.

Jessye Bemley is a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School and a freshman at North Carolina A&T State University. Her major is industrial Engineering.She served as an intern to Dr. George Carruthers, internationally renowned astrophysicist at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) for three summers during high school. AT NRL she was involved in producing a video, The SUN-Earth Connection, for precollege students and faculty and co-inventor of a telescope to view the Venus transit at Howard University Observatory at Locke Hall. At JEF her research interests were expert systems, neural networks and wearable computing. Her accomplishments include: First Place High School Paper Competition at the NTA Conference in Hampton, VA, Third Place High School Paper Competition at NTA Conference in Las Vegas, Third Place in the Undergraduate Paper Competition as a high school senior and Second Place in the Undergraduate Paper Competition in the BDPA IT Showcase as a high school senior. and Third Place in the High School Paper Competition at the JEF International Student Symposium. Jessye has made presentations at numerous scientific and computing meetings, conferences , symposia, etc. to present the results of her research. She has published more than twenty papers in the proceedings of thos conferences. Other interests include dance and fashion design.

LaToya Berry is a graduate of Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. She attended Virginia State University majoring in Information Systems. She developed a late interest in computers.  Her work, an expert system known as JEFBAS which tells everything you want to know about JEF, was presented at the JEF Computer Conference Washington, D.C. 1993 and the DMISP'93 in Washington, D.C. LaToya continued the research work of Deandra Barnett on the Teenage Girl's Shopping Habits Model. She also made a contribution in the robot simulation area which was continued by Nicholas Simmons and Brandon Young. She also made a presentation at the WCES'94 and publish a paper in the proceedings.

Ayannah Buford  is a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. Her research area was how does the Internet work? She presented the results of her research at the NTA Conference in Las Vegas September 2002, the Sixth World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics in Orlando and DCCSC2002 in Washington, DC.

 Orissa Brown, a child intervention specialist at Howard University Hospital, received a BS in Biology from Fisk University and a Masters in Social Work from Howard University. As a JEF alumnus, she was the keynote speaker at the DCCSC'2000 in April 2000 in Washington, DC and at the Gulf Coast Computer Conference in Biloxi, MS in November 2000.She was a student instructor at JEF during her high school years at Archbishop Carroll High School. During that time she developed two expert systems, a History of the OMIK Amateur Communications Association and a Directory of Black Scientists for the Organization of Black Scientists and was the JEF expert in the area of neural computing. Her work has been presented at the 1992 Symposium of the International Association of Knowledge Engineers and published in  the Proceedings of the District of Columbia Computer Science Conferences (DCCSC'92, DCCSC'93, DCCSC'94, DCCSC'95),  the Second World Congress on Expert Systems in  Lisbon, Portugal in 1994 and the Third World Congress on Expert Systems in Seoul South Korea in 1996. Her photo was in the Fall 1991 issue of the NTA Journal, the February 1993 issue of Black Enterprise, and the March 1993 issue of Engineering Horizons magazine. Orissa and other JEF students were highlighted in the May/June Issue of PC Artificial  Intelligence magazine. She is the recipient of the first JEF Student of the Year award and the Charlene Drew Jarvis Award, both in 1995.  She presented a paper, "Experts vs Expert Systems", at the Fourth World Congress on Expert Systems in Mexico City in March 1998.

Leron Douglas, graduate of National Christian Academy in Oxon Hill, MD, did undergraduate studies at Mississippi Valley State University majoring in computer science. His research area was virtual reality.  He won the Gold Medal in the local NAACP ACT-SO competition in computer science. This afforded him the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis in July 1995 to represent the city of Washington, DC in the national ACT-SO competition where he won The Silver Medal in computer science. His work has also been presented at various national and international conferences. He interned at the Federal Highway Administrations' Advanced Research Laboratory. His research included using virtual reality in traffic models in conjunction with the Intelligent Highway System (IHS).

 

Janelle Green is a graduate of Suitland High School in Suitland, MD. She went on to major in computer science at Morgan State University. Her research area was fuzzy logic. She presented papers at the District of Columbia Computer Science Conference (DCCSC'97 and DCCSC'98) in Washington DC in 1997 and 1998, the BDPA National Conference in Houston, TX in August 1997, the NTA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA in October 1997, The Sumter Computer Conference in December 1997 and The Fourth World Congress on Expert Systems in Mexico City, Mexico in March 1998. Her research won a Gold Medal in the local ACT-SO competition in Mathematics. She represented Washington, DC at The National ACT-SO Competition in Pittsburgh, PA in July 1997. She gave a presentation at the quarterly meeting of the CRA Board of Directors in March 1998.

Kylie Gaskins, a graduate of Oxon Hill High School in the Science and Technology Program, a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Maryland College Park She earn a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech in August 2004. Her JEF research area was fuzzy logic. She made presentations at, and published papers in the proceedings of, the following conferences and symposia: Teacher Conference for Education, Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, SC; JEF Computer Conference, 1995; The District of Columbia Computer Science Conference (DCCSC'95); Third World Congress on Expert Systems, Seoul, South Korea, 1996; and the ACM SIGCSE Symposium on Computer Science Education, Philadelphia, PA, 1996, where she co-chaired a seminar, Preparation of High School Students for Technical Conferences. Other activities were presentations at the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Conference, Nashville, TN March 1996 and DCCSC'96.

John Haskins, Jr, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Dunbar High School Pre_Engineering Program. Finishing his high school course work early allowed him to take college courses at the University of the District of Columbia and George Washington University. When he graduated from high school in May 1993, he matriculated at Georgia Tech as a sophomore with a major in computer graphics. He graduated with a BS in Computer Graphics from Georgia Tech in December 1998. His now a researcher at the Center for Computing Sciences in Bowie, MD. In October of 2002 he completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in Computer Architecture at the University of Virginia. John has addressed the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council and the CRA Board of Directors on the impact of JEF programs to the community and testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on the benefits of the US Space Program on education. As a consequence of developing what he purported to be the first 32-bit game which develops math and verbal skills for the SAT, he appeared on local television shows and articles about his work were placed in Computer World, the Washington Post, The Washington Times and various local newsletters.

Ryan Johnson is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He developed a mathematics project in fractals which focused on the Mandelbrot and Julia sets.  That project won a gold medal at the local ACT-SO competition and competed in the national ACT-SO competition in Indianapolis in July 1993.  His last project was an investigation of fuzzy logic.

Paula Nelson, a graduate of Hayfield High School, and a graduate of George Mason University with a major in computer science.She is a consultant with Booze Allen and an accomplished concert cellist. Her JEF research area was genetic algorithms, a sub-discipline of Artificial Life (ALife). During her 6 months at JEF, she presented her work at monthly meetings of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) and the Washington Area Metropolitan Organization of Black Scientists (OBS). As a high school junior, she was the Black History Month Speaker at The US Forest Service Research Laboratory in Madison, WS February .

Kevin Kenneybrew is a graduate of Anacostia High School. His research areas were machine Learning and computer gaming. Kevin presented his research at DCCSC 2004, the NTA Conference in Hampton, VA and the Gulf Coast computer Conference in Biloxi, MS in 2000.  

Sean Peters is a graduate of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, MD. He did undergraduate work at the University of Maryland College Park in Orthodontics. His JEF research area was artificial neural networks. His work was presented at the District of Columbia Computer Science Conference (DCCSC'97) and the NTA National Science Competition in Philadelphia in October 1998. He won both NTA Washington, DC Chapter and Region II Mathematics Contests in 1997. His neural net paper is published in the proceedings of the Fourth World Congress on Expert Systems.

Courtney Pinder is a graduate of Friendly High School in Ft. Washington, MD. She is majoring in marine science at the University of Maryland College Park. Her research area was expert systems. She developed an environmental justice expert system which was in the form of a tutorial. Her work was presented at the National Technical Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia in October 1997 and DCCSC'98. Her paper "The Environmental Justice System" was accepted for presentation at the Association for Departments of Computer Science and Engineering at Minority Institutions (ADMI) Symposium in Houston, TX in June 1998.

Rajani Rigaud is a graduate of National Christian Academy in Oxon Hill, MD. She subquently attended Hampton University where she is majoring in nursing.Her research areas are morphing and expert systems.  She presented papers at the District of Columbia Computer Science Conference (DCCSC'97 and DCCSC'98) in Washington DC in 1997 and 1998, the BDPA National Conference in Houston, TX in August 1997, the NTA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA in October 1997, The Sumter Computer Conference in December 1997 and The Fourth World Congress on Expert Systems in Mexico City, Mexico in March 1998. Her work with morphing won first prize in the NTA National Science Competition in Cleveland in 1996.

 Nicholas R. Simmons, a graduate of Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD, went to Hampton University with a major in business management.He is the CEO of his own web design firm. His interests as a JEF student included computers, music and the military.  He developed a prototype expert system which is a tutorial of "How to do a Research Paper. The prototype was presented at the JEF Computer Conference Washington.  D.C. 1993, the IEEE Computer Society International Conference on Developing and Managing Intelligent Systems Projects (DMISP'93) in Washington, D.C. and the Black Data Processing Associates National Conference in Kansas City, MO in August 1993.  He made a presentation at the Second World Congress on Expert Systems (WCES'94) in Lisbon, Portugal in January 1994 and publish a paper in the proceedings.

Justin Staley  is graduate of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, MD.. He received a BS in Mathematics from Ssint Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC. His next step is graduate school. Justin's research area was neural networks. His work was presented at the DCCSC and the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN'99).

Binta Thiam  is a graduate of Paint Branch High School. Her research areas were fractals, machine learning and simulation. Her research was presented at the DCCSC2002 and NTA conferences in Washington, DC and Hampton, VA, respectively and the Fourth World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics in Orlando.

Oumar Thiam  is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. His research area was audio technology. His research was presented at the NTA conferences in Washington, DC and Hampton, VA, and the Fourth World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and informatics in Orlando.

Tafsir Thiam is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. His research areas were Neural Networks and web design.His research was presented at the NTA conferences in Washington, DC and Hampton, VA, the ADMI Symposium in Duluth, MN and the Fourth World Multi-Conference in Orlando. <

William Youmans, III, a graduate of the Dunbar High School Pre-Engineering Program and Florida A&M University, received a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. Williams is employed by Loockheed Martin as a senior systems integrator. Youmans is a graduate of the JEF AI program where he and Duane Doles were the principal architects of the last version of TEENBAS, an AI model of a Black Teenager written in the AI language Prolog. As  high school seniors he and Doles appeared on Black Entertainment Television's TEEN SUMMIT and on the front cover of I-PLUS magazine. His work over the summers of 1990-92 included a position at IBM in computer operations, a research assistant in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the American University, and expert system development and network security at the Mitre Corporation. In addition to his university studies, he outlined a project to interface all the JEF AI models into a Distributed AI system, where the various models could pass information between them.

Brandon Young is a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. His research area was robot simulation. Brandon's robot simulator prototype was written in Prolog, an artificial intelligence language.  The program demonstrated how a robot moves through a two-dimensional world. It showed what happens when a robot bumps into something, based  on size, shape and other characteristics of both the robot and the offending object. Brandon was profiled in the In Depth section of the  May 8, 1995 issue of Computer World entitled Whiz Kids. His research  was presented at various local meetings and his first national conference was the SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science in Philadelphia.