Jelani’s love of technology and science began with his belief that these two disciplines could help to solve many of the social issues that the world faces. His academic achievements started at North Carolina A&T State University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then went on complete academic degrees including a Master of Science in Management and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree awarded jointly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering, Doctorate of Management from the University of Maryland and a Post Doctor in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University. Ellington was nominated for and recognized for numerous awards.

In addition to pursuing his academic degrees, Jelani launched Innovatus, intending to help organizations make progressive change through information technology and data science.

​Jelani recognized the early potential of using data science to optimize social programs, and Innovatus started to practice its Precision Analytics practice. Combining machine learning with precision data analysis and social science expertise, they are helping to revolutionize how social programs are developed and augmented for optimal performance.

Jelani's Other Awards and Achivements
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