Biography:

Jeseekia Vaughn is a Software Engineer born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Her journey into tech began after studying classical vocal performance for 7 years including 3 in college. After realizing she missed math and science, she found her way to the National Society of Black Engineers through friends that were a part of the chapter at Wayne State University. Jeseekia is a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program but found a love for coding after starting at Grand Circus Detroit through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program as a Summer intern. There she was able to see a different side of coding as she took workshops in web development and started freelancing to build her skills and confidence along the way. She got her start in instructing career changers by helping to develop curriculum for coding bootcamps and hosting office hours for students at Grand Circus while serving as a Teaching Assistant for the Girl Develop It Detroit chapter. Jeseekia continued to learn and grow eventually becoming a full-time JavaScript and Java Instructor for Grand Circus as well as becoming a Chapter Leader and Instructor for Girl Develop It. 

Programming has inspired Jeseekia to venture into entrepreneurship with businesses that allow her to focus on what she loves. She transformed her freelancing work into Fully Developed, LLC which provides web app development in a variety of programming languages and mentorship opportunities for aspiring web developers to help them get their start in the industry. Along with her partners Mack Hendricks and Aubrey Agee, she also founded trainX.ai, a program providing training in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Detroit with a focus on empowering people of color to build successful tech careers.

Currently she is one of 15 people selected for the 2018 Hacker Fellows cohort where she is looking forward to developing connected car microservices as a Software Engineer for Autonomic (www.autonomic.ai). She enjoys the endless possibilities to create things when you combine software and hardware development. To positively impact diversity in STEM fields, she has served in many positions including the board of directors and Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Site Director with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She is now the Vice-Chairperson of NSBE’s Annual Convention Planning Committee looking to host 15,000 attendees in Detroit in March 2019.

In addition to Engineering, Jeseekia has a few hobbies that help her express herself outside of software. She is an avid gamer and lover of all things PlayStation and an aspiring amateur aerialist especially in love with performing on aerial hoop and static trapeze. Who knows, one day she may run away and join the circus! Jeseekia teaches courses on Intro JavaScript, Java, Ruby, Python, Git/Github, HTML, and CSS.

 



 

Highlights:

45th Annual Convention Planning Committee Vice-Chairperson 2018-2019: The National Society of Black Engineers

Chapter Leader / Instructor: Girl Develop It, Detroit

Square Code Camp – Generation VI: College Code Camp

Firefox Student Ambassador: The Mozilla Project

MYOI Community Partners Board Youth Representative: Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative

Board Member, Executive Committee Member, Communications Chair 2015: The Youth Poverty Project

National Publications Chairperson 2014-2015: The National Society of Black Engineers

Foster Youth Shadow Day 2104: Read Congressman Conyers’ Press Release

Site Director 2013: The Summer Engineering Experience for Kids

Regional Vice Chairperson 2012-2013: The National Society of Black Engineers – Region IV

 



 

Seminars/Workshops/Events:

Upcoming

6/9/2018 and 6/10/2018 Grand Circus: Introduction to Back-end Development Weekend Course @ Grand Circus Detroit

Previous

10/18/2016 and 10/20/2016 Girl Develop It: Git and Github @ Grand Circus Detroit

10/25/2016 and 10/27/2016 Girl Develop It: Intro HTML/CSS @ Grand Circus Detroit

November 2016 Grand Circus: Intro to Web Development Part 1 @ Grand Circus Detroit

04/(12, 14,19,21,26,28)/2016 Grand Circus: Intro to Web Development Part 1 @ Grand Circus Detroit

11/14/2015 and 11/15/2015 Girl Develop It: Intro JavaScript (2 days) @ Grand Circus Detroit

10/24/2015 Girl Develop It: Basic CSS @ Detroit Public Library

10/03/2015 and 10/04/2015 Girl Develop It: Intro HTML/CSS @ Grand Circus Detroit

09/26/2015 Girl Develop It: Code & Coffee @ Great Lakes Roasting Company

09/12/2015 Girl Develop It: Basic CSS @ Detroit Public Library (Main Branch)

09/01/2015 Grand Circus: Intro to JavaScript @ Grand Circus Detroit

08/24/2015 Grand Circus: Intro to Coding @ Grand Circus Detroit

08/18/2015 and 08/20/2015 Girl Develop It: Intro JavaScript @ Grand Circus Detroit