Ebrima Jarjue's photo in the Intelligent Assistive Machine (IAM) lab

Ebrima H. Jarjue

iSchool Undergraduate Student

About Me

I am a non-traditional student in many respects; I am in my 40s, and I am blind. I said goodbye about twelve years ago to my beautiful daughters as I left home for a simple Lasik corrective eye procedure, not knowing that I would never take them in visually again. My first daughter was over a year old, and the twins were just over four months then. I suffered a life-altering setback. Routine Lasik surgery left me blind in both eyes. For two years, I stayed at home, depressed, until a friend advised me to consult the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). And thus began my rehabilitation and resocialization. Losing my sight at the age of thirty-seven, was a life changer and involved more than finding a place to live. It meant stepping into a new social context with its own statuses and roles; this required me to be re-socialized to meet the needs of the situation. During these trials and tribulations, I learned new statuses and roles. I channeled my energy in to making the most effective use of an opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge. In addition, I devoted much time to family, self-improvement, and personal growth. In 2011, I enrolled in Montgomery Community College and pursued a rigorous course of studies and in May, 2015, I received my Associates Degree in Cybersecurity-applied science (AAS). As a college student, I experienced a new environment in which, according to Erikson (1902–1994), many of my family’s “cherished beliefs and values are held up to critical examination.” He states that, “in college, choices loom large and lead to changes in personal identities and political values.” I definitely found that to be the case for me. (Erikson 1902–1994). Despite my blindness, I was able to succeed in challenging courses across many disciplines including lab sciences. Often this involved creativity and problem solving, finding alternate ways to learn, including 3D models. However, in a few classes, I was not given necessary accommodations, such as readers/scribes and this negatively affected my performance. I am now a senior undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Information Science.

In today’s world, university/college education is not a luxury that only the few can afford to enjoy; it is a personal necessity, civic, and an economic for all in the world. Education (knowledge and skills) learned from colleges and universities lasts through life, of which the attributes includes and are not limited to wisdom, calmness, freedom, moderation and equity respectively. I value education not only in the practical sense (degrees and employment) but also for how it will shape me as a person and allow me to contribute to humankind in general.


Ebrima H. Jarjue College of Information Studies (iSchool) University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 https://www.umd.edu/
Grade level: GPA: 3.410
Major: Information Science
Graduation Date: Spring 2019
The area of research: Accessibility
Webpage: https://terpconnect.umd.edu/~ebjarjue/

Email: ebjarjue@terpmail.umd.edu; ebrimahjarjue@gmail.com

About Mentors

Mentor: Dr. Hernisa Kacorri, Assistant Professor
College of Information Studies (iSchool) University of Maryland, College Park
The area of research: Accessibility
Webpage: http://hernisakacorri.com | hernisa@umd.edu
Kyungjun Lee, Ph.D. student and Research Mentor
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Department: Computer Science
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Area of research: HCI and AI
Website: http://www.cs.umd.edu/~kjlee/


Data collection for people with visual impairments

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Data collection for people with visual impairments

Work Experience

Summer 2018

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students Internship

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, Maryland

  • Project: Data collection for Personal Object Recognition
  • The purpose of the project is to assist the blind and visually-impaired individuals in their homes. There have been multiple studies that show that there are many benefits of the blind and visually-impaired living in their own homes rather than assisted living facilities. The purpose of the personal object recognizer is to help blind and visually-impaired people identify objects around them mostly at home. The objects includes and are not limited to kitchen items such as packages of food, bedroom items of clothing to items in the bathroom. We explore personal object recognizers, where I, as a blind participant train a mobile application with a few snapshots of objects of interest and provide custom labels. The object recognizer app can assist with daily functions such as object recognition and more. It is completely voice controlled, which enables individuals to now bridge the gap between technology and the blind and visually-impaired community.
2007 - 2008

Computer/Product Specialist

Staples, Inc.

United States, Washington D.C

  • Performed a daily demo-ready checklist to ensure that all desktop computers, laptops, printers, LCD/CDT monitors, GPS navigators, etc. were priced, plugged-in, and operational
  • Organized and maintained product inventory of approximately 500 items
  • Displayed merchandise in an attractive and eye-catching manner, ensuring correct prices were visible
  • Coached associates and cashiers in techniques to increase sales.
  • Trained sales associates and cashiers on how to sell products and associated peripherals, managing their cash limits and guaranteeing quality customer service at all times.
  • Effectively communicated on a broad range of topics from business terminology to complex technical solutions to a diverse audience
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose computers’ network systems and correct issues
1996 - 2007


Four Corners BP

United States, Silver Spring, MD

  • Supervised and trained 5+ new employees in sales, inventory, other create sift reports for transactions
  • Designed physical sales display for services and products at the front of the store
  • Tabulated inventory, balanced daily shift reports and processed bank deposits
  • Coordinated service calls for technical support
  • Trained 7+ cashiers, managing their cash limits and guaranteeing quality customer service at all times
1997 - 2005


Four Corners Woodmoor BP

United States, Silver Spring, MD

  • Handled all cash and credit transactions for the store
  • Balanced cash drawer at the end of the shift
  • Performed retail stocking and back-up inventory ordering
  • Trained 5+ cashiers in managing cash limits and guaranteeing quality customer service at all times


2016 - 2019

BSc Information Science

University of Maryland, College Park

United States, College Park, MD


Certified Web-Accessibility Specialist

Certified Document Accessibility Specialist

Deque University

United States, Online

2011 - 2015

Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Cyber Security

Montgomery Community College

United States, Germantown, MD

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Cyber Security, Microsoft Certified System Engineer+Internet (MCSE+I), Microsoft Certified Professional+Internet (MCP+I), CompTIA certified Computer technician (A+)


Computer/Network technical support services

I hope to pass along my knowledge and resources by volunteering my time and resources to all. Provide technical support services to family, neighbors and friends and follow God’s guidance the Jesuit way provide all facets of computer help desk support such as troubleshooting, installations, and maintenance.


Talk about world issues during the game, eat and socialize with friends


4130 Campus Drive, Hornbake Library South, Room 2116A
College Park, MD 20742
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