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Get to Know Engineering Graduate Michael Batey

The University of Miami welcomed more than 1,000 new graduates into the UM alumni family during two ceremonies taking place on Dec. 13 at the Watsco Center on the Coral Gables campus.

With assignments, labs, clinicals, and exams completed, more than 1,000 students will cross the stage for their diplomas during the University of Miami’s fall commencement ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 13.

News@TheU chatted with some of the graduates, who reflected on their studies, their aspirations, and their UM experience.

Michael Batey, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

At the College of Engineering, Michael Batey was part of a team of students that created a new music streaming service for their senior design capstone project.

Their Sonically Based Music Recommendation System, or Sonify, employs blockchain digital technology—a distributed database existing on multiple computers and devices at the same time—to fully automate transactions with artist records and remove any middleman services. The project took top honors at the college’s 2018 Senior Design Expo and captured the runners-up prize at Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull’s Smackathon Blockchain Music Challenge.

Now, Batey, who graduates this month with a degree in computer engineering, is ready to begin the next chapter of his life. He’s landed a job as a software engineer at the Atlanta, Georgia-based Honeywell Software Center. Batey, who was born in Atlanta and lived in Nigeria until age 6, wants to help steer more African-Americans into the field of engineering.

“I have seen many kids being discouraged from becoming engineers. My goal is to show aspiring African-American youth that there really is nothing to be afraid of but fear itself.”

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