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.
Call Me Doctor® fellow Karla Romero always had a knack for working with her hands. Romero remembers as a child building an elaborate pulley system that allowed her to turn on and off her lights from her bed without having to get up and walk across the room. She would constantly tinker with computers, accidentally breaking them and then having to build them back. I was always asking myself, “what if we pulled that apart, added this, used that?” By the time Romero reached high school at an engineered focused boarding school in her home country of Puerto Rico, she had realized that electrical engineering was her calling.
As a college intern at General Motors in Flint, Michigan, she worked on the production line at one of their manufacturing plants. She got to program robots that were on the line. She implemented safety features outfitting the robots with sensors that would halt the production line when a factory worker needed to cross a path.