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LERON JULIAN ‘19


 
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Mr. Julian studied Computer Science and hails from Orlando, FL, where he attended Evans High School.

Why did you initially choose to attend Morehouse?

During high school, I attended a summer program held at Morehouse called the Upward Bound Math/Science and instantly, I was drawn to Morehouse and I knew that I was destined to be at this institution.

What has kept you at Morehouse?

The successes and connections that Morehouse has brought me through the computer science department and the ability of self-growth by seeing my fellow brothers achieving.

Why did you choose to study Computer Science?

Initially, I wanted to major in engineering because I did not know what computer science was. During high school when I came to Morehouse for the Upward Bound program, my counselor was Shaquille Hall Morehouse ‘17 who was a computer science major. He told me what computer science was and the benefits of it. Since then, I’ve loved my major and never thought about changing it.

Outside of Computer Science, what have you spent time learning about?

Artificial Intelligence. In particular, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Computer Vision.

More about the Bonner Office of Community Service:

I’m most active with the Bonner Office of Community Service organization. Through the Morehouse College Community Revitalization Initiative (MCCRI), each week I visit KiPP Strive Academy to teach students about Robotics, Entrepreneurship, and the importance of African Americans being involved in STEM programs. By volunteering here, I hope to shift the diversity gap within the STEM fields starting at an early age.

More about pursuing a PhD:

I’m just proud to have been accepted into a Ph.D. program. I had no idea nor intention of pursuing a Ph.D. let alone a Ph.D. in Computer Science. I’m grateful for everyone who mentored me through my life who got me to this point.

Independent Projects

  • Computer Vision Gender Recognition Algorithm

Internships

  • Software Engineering Intern at NBCUniversal in New York, New York (Summer 2018)

  • Nuclear Plant Data Analyst Intern at Idaho National Labs in Idaho Falls Idaho (Summer 2019)

Research

  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar

Graduate School Acceptances

  • University of Central Florida Computer Science PhD Program

  • Carnegie Mellon Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD Program

  • Auburn University Computer Science PhD Program

Fellowships

  • GEM Fellow

Scholarships

  • Bonner Scholar

  • 2-Time Microsoft Tuition Scholarship Recipient

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Academic Scholarship

Professional Programs

  • UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit Fellow

Publications

  • Using SMS as an Interface For a Virtual Mentoring System Leron Julian, Kinnis Gosha .  Proceeding ACMSE '18 Proceedings of the ACMSE 2018 Conference Article No. 39, 2018

  • The Development of a Conversational Agent Mentor Interface Using Short Message Service Leron Julian, Kinnis Gosha , Earl W. Huff Jr.  SIGMIS-CPR'18 Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People Research Pages 123-126, 2018