Joseph is from Weatherford, Oklahoma but was born in Ghana where he lived until coming to the U.S. at age nine when his father got the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. at Syracuse, NY. His background is very multicultural as his father is from Ghana and his mother from Russia. Both his parents have a background in engineering and stressed the importance of education to Joseph. As a young child, Joseph loved going to Internet cafés with his brother and became fascinated by computers. In high school he took as many computer classes as he could, including a web design class with HTML. He was part of his school robotics club which won the state competition. Joseph enjoys programming and seeing the results of his work.
Joseph chose to attend the OU School of Computer Science after a tour of the campus. He then met Dr. Radhakrishnan, CS Director, and thought he was an exciting character that he could learn a lot from. Joseph’s academic achievements are rewarded by numerous distinctions: he is a recipient of a Regents’ Scholarship, a CS scholarship, a Multicultural Engineering Program Scholarship, a Tomorrow’s Engineering Scholarship, is part of the Honors College, and is on the Distinguished Dean’s List and the President’s Honor Roll.
“Data Structures has been the most helpful and enjoyable class of the program,” Joseph said. His favorite aspect of Computer Science is application development and developing things with user interface. Moreover, he likes that faculty and staff always make time for students even during their busy schedules.
Joseph takes advantage of the many opportunities offered to him by the department and the College of Engineering. This semester he was accepted into the Accelerated Degree Program which is a fast track option for academically successful students to get both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science. After graduating with his B.S. in Spring 2016, Joseph will only have to complete one or two semesters more to receive his M.S. Joseph is currently an intern with the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW), in which he works within the Software Business Accelerator (SoBA) on developing an iPad application for a digital storytelling platform for a start-up company. This application is geared towards students from kindergarten to fourth grade as a new learning tool. Joseph interned at Fidelity Information Services during the summer of 2014 and assisted in the development of a monitoring application. He now works there part-time.
Although Joseph’s CS linked activities keep him busy, he is also an active member of the Pride of Oklahoma where he plays the mellophone. Joseph also plays the French horn and speaks some Russian. His motto is: “Don’t say no to opportunities even if it seems overwhelming at first. Try!”