Math professor named next Einstein Fellow

Jonathan Mboyo Esole has just been named a Next Einstein Fellow, an award that recognizes Africa’s best young scientists and technologists. Since arriving in fall 2016, Esole has taught calculus and mathematical methods of quantum mechanics.

“I really love the university. It has this point of view that we are going for greatness, and that’s also how I live my own life,” Esole said.

The Next Einstein award will allow Esole to travel to Africa, initiate projects in the community, and work directly with students. He wants to bring cutting-edge research opportunities back to his home continent. But he also wants to highlight the incredible work in science and technology that African scholars are already producing.

“I want people to change their point of view that Africa is only a place waiting for help,” Esole said. “The continent’s people can help themselves pretty well, and they have a lot to offer.”

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