Alexander Iyabor

Hometown: Austell, GA

high school: Kennesaw Mountain HS

college: Stanford University

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science

Alexander Iyabor Jr., born in Nigeria, immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was around six years of age. His family’s sacrifices, hard work, and focus on education, gave him the opportunities he needed to excel and provided him with the work ethic and love of learning that would go on to become an integral part of his personality.

From a young age it was clear that Alex had the intelligence and talent to become successful. Due in no small part to his insatiable love of learning, he exhibited signs of success in every stage of his early life. His intellectual vitality made learning an enjoyable activity and as such he was able to easily navigate through difficult and advanced magnet, AP, and post-AP level courses in subjects ranging from Chemistry and Biology, to Calculus and Computer Science. He currently has a perfect 4.0 unweighted GPA (4.655 weighted) and has received accolades for his scholarship from small school and class awards, to national recognition through distinctions such as National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar. On top of his interests in academics, technology, and service, Alexander has a love of music that has only grown throughout the years as a violinist in his school’s orchestra.

Out of all of his many interests, Alexander has spent most of his time pursuing technological interests. In freshman year his project categorically won first place in a programming competition at Georgia Tech. In his sophomore year he became a state semifinalist for the Georgia Governor’s Honor Program in Engineering and Technology. As a junior he was selected for the prestigious MITES program, an intense residential six-week summer STEM program at MIT. While he was busy accomplishing all of this, he spent an inordinate amount of time developing his technical skills through internships and programs. He was accepted to and participated in a nine-month digital exploration program at General Electric. He spent most of his sophomore summer researching and developing quad-copters in an internship program at Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory. He recently finished an internship under Dr. Ayanna Howard at Georgia Tech’s HumAnS lab that led to original research on Spiking Neurological Models and Artificial Dopamine Synaptic Plasticity on a Biologically Based AI Enabled Robotic System.

Alexander’s achievements aren’t limited to career pursuits or academics. He’s made it a point to be an active part of his school community. As such he’s devoted a considerable amount of time to service clubs and volunteering activities. He served as a leader for his school’s Robotics Team, Civitan Club (a service based club), Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society), and Newspaper. His service and leadership led to an induction into the National Honor Society and the Beta Club where he continued to aid his community through service programs. Realizing the importance of giving back, Alex plans on making service a critical part of his upcoming undergraduate career as he seeks to make an impact on every community he is a part of.

Looking ahead into the future, Alexander plans to pursue a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and hopes to dedicate his life to developing technological fields that have the capacity to dramatically improve the lives’ of others.

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