As a young boy, the “toy” Jordon Gilmore most wanted was a microscope or a chemistry set. His love of all things science continued with him through middle and high school in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Gilmore, now a first year PhD graduate student, hopes one day to be called “Doctor” through IBIOE’s Call Me Doctor® fellowship program.
Gilmore took a drafting class in high school that sparked his love of engineering. After attending a summer engineering camp at North Carolina State University, he knew engineering was for him. Gilmore was recruited by several schools to play football, but chose The Citadel because of their strong engineering program. Gilmore started as a civil engineering major, but switched to electrical engineering when he realized he loved the idea of using computers to interface with the outside world.
He was always interested in the human body and how it worked, but still he hadn’t been introduced to the wonders of the biomedical field. That changed when Gilmore attended a seminar at The Citadel. The speaker, an electrical engineer, was working on developing a portable magnetic resonance imaging machine and his talk about the application of electrical engineering in medical fields captivated Gilmore.
At this point in his academic career, Gilmore was still honing his electrical engineering skills doing summer internships for industries such as Santee Cooper and Nucor Steel. During his senior year of college, Gilmore worked for navy defense contractor, SPAWAR. With all this industry work experience, something was still not fulfilling Gilmore’s passions. “I had this nagging curiosity about bioengineering,” said Gilmore.
Dr. Xuejun Wen, faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Clemson University Bioengineering professor, provided a welcomed nudge into the biomedical field direction. “Dr. Wen allowed me to work on projects in his laboratory,” said Gilmore. “We observed nano sensors used to detect oxygen and researched the levels of certain substances in body. Then we transmitted that data to the clinician at the hospital.”
With his interest now drawn to the biomedical realm combined with his peaked curiosity, he began his search for biomedical graduate school programs. Gilmore applied to Clemson University Bioengineering graduate school program and for the CMD® fellowship and the rest is history.
Gilmore began his CMD® fellowship in January 2011 and immediately began working with Dr. Timothy Burg, IBIOE collaborative researcher and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, on an automation project. The main goal of Gilmore’s research is to automate a machine that will produce biomaterials for bone defect repair. “It’s definitely a challenging project, one with lots of different levels that need to be addressed,” said Gilmore. “I really enjoy learning about cell culture. That is new to me, but I draw on my electrical engineering background so I love it.”
After searching for a while for a clear career path, Gilmore now believes he is right where he is supposed to be. “I’m really excited to be here at Clemson University and be a part of the CMD® fellowship program. It’s a huge accomplishment for me, and I feel great about myself and my future.”