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Najee McGreen

Self-Taught Programmer and Repair Technician / He is based in Brooklyn, NY

Najee McGreen is a self-taught programmer and repair technician who reads books and studies online tutorials to sharpen his expertise and stay current. His grandfather was one of the first Black engineers hired by Hewlett-Packard and his father is an engineer as well.

Najee is a certified Microsoft IT Professional and Experienced programmer in languages including: C++, Java, HTML, ASP, and PHP. He has seven years of experience and know-how coupled with an engineering vision and a strong business and entrepreneurial background.


Najee is a prize-winning alumni of the NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship). He has won numerous awards from corporate giants such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and American Bank. Najee was voted 2006 Teenpreneur of the Year by Black Enterprise. As a 22 year-old graduating senior at John Hopkins University with a degree in molecular engineering, Najee plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Najee McGreen was accepted at Cornell, Columbia, and Carnegie Mellon but went to John Hopkins University on a full academic scholarship and is scheduled to graduate in 2010. He initially started in biomedical engineering and completed the required science course load in his first year. But by his third year he transitioned to cellular engineering so he could pursue a medical career. Now in his final year, he is completing the humanities work load. The key to success, he discovered was how to balance and he streamlined everything in his life so he did not burn out.

McGreen, however, learned how to balance a variety of interests and activities even as a youngster. He is a former chess grand master and was an invited panelist on “The Tavis Smiley, State of the Black Union 2006 Economic Panel. In the ninth grade he won the Goldman Sachs Competition in four out of the 10 categories, something that had never been previously achieved.