Joseph Shelton has mapped out his educational journey and is moving expeditiously towards it. The 23-year-old student is determined to reach his career goal at an early age and is doing everything possible to make it materialize. Shelton has already acquired his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and is currently pursuing his doctorate in computational science and engineering all from North Carolina A&T State University.
The ambitious Shelton admits that he came to the university in fall 2006 for his undergraduate degree not only because of its outstanding engineering program but also for another reason.
He said, “I had to get out of Virginia somehow.”
Coming from a predominantly white environment to N.C. A&T was quite a culture shock for the researcher, but he has survived. Actually, A&T proved to be the right fit for him and after getting his B.S. degree he decided to pursue his M.S. degree in the fall of 2010. While working on his masters, he authored/co-authored a total of 24 publications.
Shelton revealed, “I’ve been the first author on eight conference publications, a co-author on one book chapter, a co-author on two journal publications and a co-author on 13 conference publications. One of my papers titled, Genetic & Evolutionary Biometric Security: Disposable Feature Extractors for Mitigating Biometric Replay Attacks, won the first runner-up award at the 2012 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.”
Also a recipient of the Title Three Fellowship Award, Shelton has immersed himself into his research. After completing his masters there was no question what he was going to do next.
He said, “I decided to jump straight into the doctoral program because not only are there not enough African American Ph.Ds in the engineering field, but it can also be challenging to go back to school after leaving it. I am greatly invested in my research, and I wanted to stay here and continue it.”
Shelton’s research is focused on improving the matching that occurs in biometric systems. His focus is also on preventing hackers from being able to get into a biometric system.
Shelton credits his research center ,Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Science (CASIS), for funding his education and giving him the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally.
“My research has taken me to such places as Brisbane, Australia and Ottawa, Canada for IEEE research conferences. I’ve also been able to travel to Las Vegas, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Georgia for research conferences,” Shelton said.
He adds, “One of the things I appreciate about my research center CASIS is that it sends students to the same conferences that Ph.Ds and industry present. He also said that being involved with CASIS has given him a love for discovering new solutions to problems and optimizing already existing solutions.
Shelton will graduate in May 2015.