Dr Tyrone Grandison, a Jamaican born computer science researcher and entrepreneur, has held many important position but his recent appointment as deputy chief data officer in the United States Department of Commerce, is a very important accomplishment.
A past student of Duhaney Park Primary, Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies, Grandison has come a long way but his education and experiences have now been recognized by the US government. In 1997, Grandison graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science in computer studies. A year later he earned a Master’s of Science in software engineering and in 2003 completed his Doctorate in computer science from the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London.
While Grandison’s achievements and recent appointment are noteworthy, it is his willingness to give back to Jamaica that’s even more heartwarming. In a recent interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Grandison said,
“I am all about giving back so right now I am an adjunct professor at the University of Technology and I will be setting up a scholarship at the University of the West Indies for computer science,” he said. “I also have this call out for at least three years to web developers that if they need advice or some sort of consulting then I am happy to come in and give of my expertise. I have been doing this for the last seven years so that is not going to change.”
Thank you Dr Tyrone Grandison, son of the Jamaican soil and reminder of the greatness of the Caribbean people and their ability to rise from humble beginnings to great achievements.
Here is a video of Grandison receiving IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2010.[embedplusvideo height=”390″ width=”640″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1K2bSVZ” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Ar_xZpgcd9U?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=Ar_xZpgcd9U&width=640&height=390&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep5290″ /]