As a proud Flyer attending the University of Dayton (2019), Khalilah Manson is in pursuit of what she thinks is one of the coolest things in the world: a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering.
It all started at a young age, forcing loved-ones to engage in science experiments during birthday parties, glorifying math, finger-painting - all as a young girl on the southside of Chicago. Eventually her interest led her to participate in Chicago State University’s Pre-Freshman Engineering Program in association with the National Society of Black Engineers as a Highschooler. Learning her love for code, winning several robotics and math competitions (at various locations including Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry) as well as holding the Presidential position of CSU’s Jr. NSBE Chapter (2013-14), led Khalilah to find her life’s purpose: “To become an Engineer with the awesome ability of inspiring others and innovating life as we know it.”
With a goal to change the phrase of “Good job, you’ve overcome the odds” to “Thanks for erasing the unnecessary obstacles for generations to come”, Khalilah Manson is excitedly a University Innovation Fellow Candidate. Those close to her have all heard her story and know her larger-than-life dreams and ideations, yet always describe her as the comic who humbly considers herself like everyone else:
“I want to touch the world, I grew up wanting to be a mermaid and I watch Apple Keynotes with popcorn to feel better about life…. People don’t admit the last two, but we all have that in common. ”