Did you know Kai Fu Lee?
He is an Oak Ridge High School alumnus who is making a big difference.
Most Likely to Succeed
When Kai Fu Lee was in 9th grade at Jefferson (Junior High) School, his peers voted him and classmate Katie Pfuderer as Most Likely to Succeed.
In the Oak Ridge Schools 75th Anniversary Book, he shared these memories:
When I first moved to Oak Ridge, I didn’t speak a word of English. The Cloutier family took me in, became my godparents, and treated me like their own child. I am very grateful for their warmth, which represented American generosity, and the spirit of pay-it-forward.
I was grateful to have had Mrs. Albert as my math teacher. She was very sharp, and was a good teacher with patience for everyone. She really took the time to make me feel special, from encouraging me to enter contests, to driving me to UT advanced calculus classes (which she taught), to writing a dozen recommendations for me. She was my mentor. The Chinese celebrate the “teacher’s day,” and every year, when I am asked who was my most admired teacher, I think of Mrs. Albert. She gave me so much confidence that I became a math major, thinking I was a math genius. At college I liked computer science so much I eventually switched over.
In 2013 Lee was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine for his innovations and leadership in the field of computer science.
In October of 2018, Kai Fu Lee was featured on 60 Minutes. Here is a clip from that feature.
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Here is a TED Talk of Kai Fu Lee talking about how AI can actually save our humanity.
New York Times Bestseller
Recently, Kai Fu Lee wrote a New York Times Bestseller titled AI Superpowers.
Learn more about his current role on his Sinovation Ventures company web page.
Schedule for the day for Kai Fu Lee’s visit:
Arrive at JMS 7:30-7:40 JMS
Speak to JMS students 7:40-8:35 1st period, JMS
Tour JMS 8:40-9:30 2nd period, JMS
Travel time to ORHS 9:30-9:45
Tour ORHS 9:45-10:25 3rd period, ORHS
Speak to students 10:37-11:26 4th period, ORHS