Senior Computer Engineering Major First Fulbright Student Awardee
Emmanuel Johnson, senior computer engineering major is embarking on a new journey to foster a global perspective of robotics as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship Award.
Johnson will travel to United Kingdom in the fall of 2013, to pursue a one year master’s in robotics at the University of Birmingham in England. While attending the University of Birmingham, the research component of Emmanuel's program will be supervised by Dr. Richard Dearden, Reader in Robotics, in the School of Computer Science.
In addition to pursuing his master’s degree, Johnson will live and learn from the people of the host country through community engagement, direct interactions in the classroom, field, home, and routine activities. “Being selected as a Fulbright Scholar is an honor. I am humbled and excited to have won this award and hope it will inspire others to compete in the future,” he said.
Johnson, a New Jersey native is the first in his family to attend college and says he is grateful to his professors and advisors in the College of Engineering. With a GPA of 2.9, Johnson says he almost didn’t make it into the program at North Carolina A&T, and at the time did not qualify for competitive academic scholarships.
“I knew I had to work hard and at the end of my freshman year, I earned a 4.0 GPA.” Johnson has since received numerous scholarships which he says helped him pay for his college education. “Without the aid of scholarships, I would not have been able to stay in school. It really challenged me to excel and make good grades.”
“Being a Fulbright Scholar is an incredible opportunity that will follow me for the rest of my career, and help me gain more experience in robotics research on an international scale. My long-term goal is to earn a doctorate degree in robotics and become a university researcher.”