Re.engineer Magazine - Summer 2021

Dr. Jalaal A. Hayes

A native of North Philadelphia, in June 2015, Dr. Jalaal Hayes successfully defended his dissertation entitled, “Thermodynamic and Kinetic Studies of Alkali-Metal Doped Lithium Amide-Magnesium Hydride Hydrogen Storage System” in Applied Chemistry. He was 22 years old. The degree was conferred on December 20, 2015, at Delaware State University winter commencement as he was lauded as “the youngest ever Doctoral Candidate” in the university’s 130-year history. He attended The Ivy Leaf School, Pratt Arnold Elementary, People for People Charter School, Conwell Middle Magnet School, and the High School of Engineering and Science before graduating from Northeast Preparatory School at the age of 15. During these school years, he tutored, created science projects and mastered the Tenor Saxophone. Because of his accomplishments, Dr. Hayes received a scholarship to his parents' alma mater, Lincoln University. He graduated within three years in 2011; he graduated with degrees in General Science and History and was noted as the youngest ever Lincoln University graduate with dual degrees at the age of 18. Before attending graduate school, Dr. Hayes worked at Howard University’s Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation (BCCSO) as a 2011 Summer Intern for the NASA URC/ BCCSO program learning and applying the concepts of atmospheric chemistry.

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