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Emanuel Williams Selected for HBCU Innovation Summit 

Emanuel WilliamsShaw University Junior, Emanuel Williams was selected to attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 5th Annual HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley. Williams was one of 104 students from over 30 universities nationwide to be selected this year.  

"I was incredibly honored to represent Shaw University at the HBCU Innovation Summit this year," said Williams. "I was always told that if I want something the only thing stopping me from getting it is myself. I am grateful for the opportunity to have this experience. I’d like to thank my family and friends, my mentors, and all of the excellent faculty and staff here at Shaw for making this happen."  

The 2017 HBCU Innovation Summit took place in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley from October 25-28. The summit provides a forum to address the gaps in diversity that exist in Silicon Valley and the tech industry. During the summit, over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities visited over a dozen area corporations with a goal of empowering African American students to chart their career paths within the STEM fields.  

Williams has worked as an intern at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio the last two summers. He is a computer science major from Yanceyville, NC and is the second Shaw student to be selected in the program’s history. In 2015, computer science major Omolola Balogun became the first Shaw student to be selected. Balogun is currently a data engineer for Fidelity Investments in Cary, NC.  

Williams’ selection continues a run of success for the Shaw University Computer Science Department. The University recently created a living space on campus for all computer science majors and has improved course offerings and quality of instruction in recent years. This summer Dr. Lloyd Williams participated in Google’s Faculty in Residence Program at the company's Mountain View, CA headquarters. He will be attending the Innovation Summit with Emanuel Williams this year. Dr. Williams says he expects big things in the department’s future.  

"We’re going to draw top students from across the country, we’re going to produce excellent computer scientists, and companies are going to be clamoring to try and get to our students,” says Dr. Williams. "That’s my vision."

According to the UNCF, scholars for the summit were competitively selected based on their GPAs, personal statements, internships, computer science skills and demonstrated leadership, and their willingness to serve as change agents on their respective campuses to align computer science curriculum with industry workforce needs and demands.