Minority involvement in S.T.E.M. is pivotal for continued innovation...
The Hip Hop M.D.
Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D., graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is an award winning Science Communicator, having received both the Asteroid Award for "Best Streaming Content" and the People of Change Award for his community outreach efforts. His passion for science and entertainment, along with his curiosity for new innovation has taken him through an incredible life journey.
Noticing a lack of minority involvement in the S.T.E.M. fields, he created Hip Hop Science with the goal of encouraging minorities and youth to pursue more advanced career paths. His background in engineering, acting, business, and credible work within the music industry as an artist, make him uniquely qualified to engage on a wide variety of topics from an entertaining perspective. This is highly reflected in his weekly vlogs and daily social media posts which provide both humorous and informative #SciComm content.
With the impact of science being felt in every aspect of life and new technological trends paving the way, it's important to be able to communicate scientific topics in an easily palatable format for aspiring students and general audiences. Maynard's distinct personality, energy, and enthusiasm for science have made him a key contributor to the educational understanding of a wide range of communities.
His creative storytelling and ability to host, moderate, and engage with audiences has sparked collaborations with many high profile organizations. From the Natural History Museum & the LaBrea Tar Pits to tech companies like Not Impossible Labs, ICVR, & Scan Truck; his work has proved valuable to their growth and exposure.
He looks to continue his work with universities, students, and communities doing more S.T.E.M outreach and diversity initiatives to help propel the next generation into the scientific frontier.