Bilal's Open Road
Importance of Education (2:29)
Not Done Learning (1:41)
Learning Through Failure (1:16)
STEM & Success (0:34)
I'm At NASA On A Bet (1:07)
It's Okay To Fail (0:32)
Senior Research Scientist
NASA Glen Research Center
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- From Paterson, New Jersey, a town with one of the highest crime rates in America.
- Mom told him to master two things: "kissing butt and kicking butt."
- Was considered a "bad kid" in school; teachers saw potential in him but he goofed off.
- One of his teachers saw that he was good at music; taught him math to make him better at music.
- Told him "the more math you know, the more money you'll make; math will be your profession, music will be your hobby."
- Applied for an internship at NASA, got it, and it all fell into place.
- After he graduated college, he didn't feel like he was done learning, so he kept going; has six degrees.
- Has his "dream job" developing biofuels; combines his hobby (working with saltwater fishtanks) and his degrees in mathematics.