Dr. Mark McKelvin, an alumnus of WCHS, a principal engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, and a lecturer in the System Architecting and Engineering graduate program at the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering, joined the WCHS Robotics team on October 27, 2022, for a special presentation of his college/career choices and pathways. Dr. McKelvin stressed the critical need for students to enter the engineering fields in order to fill the demand for these jobs in our country. He encouraged students to apply to multiple tiers of colleges rather than limiting themselves to one location or tier of school. He also stressed the importance of mentorships and internships in the field students wish to pursue. During the visit, Dr. McKelvin toured the iRAMBOTS build room and offered advice for different CAD and programming software. He also agreed to serve as a programming and electrical mentor for the team, and he encouraged several members to apply for internship opportunities with the Aerospace Corporation. Mrs. Michelle Smith, the iRAMBOTS coach stated, "Our team is so thankful for the time Dr. McKelvin gave to us. His willingness to give back to his hometown is admirable, and we deeply appreciate his generosity."
At The Aerospace Corporation, he serves as the technical authority in software and systems engineering, and he leads teams toward the digital transformation and implementation of national space systems. Prior to joining the Aerospace Corporation, he led the development of model-based engineering technology and techniques for space system development at the National Aeronautics Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a software systems engineer and fault protection engineer. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. McKelvin was in town to receive a key to the City!
Dr. McKelvin with Seniors: Gavin Young, Team Captain, Tayshaun Adams, Programming Captain, & Johnathan Barry.