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UT Dallas CS Alumni, James Griffin, Receives 2018 OZY Genius Award

Via – If you’re wondering who could become the next Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey or Wendy Kopp, look no further. This year’s class of OZY Genius Award winners have the brains, ideas and inspiration to change the world.

Applications piled in from around the country, and OZY has selected the 10 college students with the best genius ideas to win grants of up to $10,000 to pursue their goals. Winners were selected by an all-star panel of judges, including Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global; CEO of DoSomething Aria Finger; Co-CEO of Warby Parker Neil Blumenthal; EVP and General Manager for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Matthew Mugo Fields; and investor Karan Khemka. From a fintech startup to a documentary covering resistance movements, these winning project ideas tackle important challenges with innovative solutions.

Below is a brief synopsis of James Griffin’s idea that one him the OZY Genius Award for 2018.

RamifAI is an automated college advising system that uses artificial intelligence. There are more than 400 students for every college adviser, on average, leading to suboptimal advice from time-strapped advisers, says Griffin, a computer science student at UTD. RamifAI’s software analyzes student transcripts to generate degree plans tailored to the individual. The OZY Genius Award will help the startup to “scale faster and be able to implement all the features we had planned,” says Griffin, including the hiring of a full-time technical lead.

To read about the nine other award-winning students and their projects, click here to continue to 

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The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 2,400 bachelors-degree students, more than 1,000 master’s students, 150 Ph.D. students,  53 tenure-track faculty members and 38 full-time senior lecturers, as of Fall 2017. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.

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