When he came to Vanderbilt as a first-year, Kevin hoped to continue his interests from high school, namely mentoring inner city children and serving the homeless. During his first year at Vanderbilt, Kevin became involved in a variety of service-based organizations at Vanderbilt, finally focusing his time, energy, and attention on the on-campus chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as the Vanderbilt Grassroots organization. Though he had positive experiences exploring different service opportunities, Kevin’s passions continue to focus on improving the lives of underprivileged children and the local homeless population.
Kevin’s Ingram Summer Project took place during the summer following his sophomore year in Kampala, Uganda. Combining his background in engineering and his service-oriented mindset, Kevin worked with Technology for Tomorrow, an organization specializing in rainwater harvesting as a viable solution for water shortages in East Africa. Working in collaboration with fellow Ingram Scholar, Jordan Clark, Kevin completed a research portfolio detailing barriers to clean water, costs of implementing new technology, and the expected beneficial outcomes of integrating Technology for Tomorrow’s rainwater harvesting systems.
Junior year was academically rigorous, and when he wasn’t spending time in the library, Kevin was busy serving as Vice President of Big Brothers Big Sisters Vanderbilt. Throughout the year, he maintained his mentoring relationship with his “Little” from Big Brothers Big Sisters by spending time together each week. In addition, Kevin assisted in coordinating various Big Brothers Big Sisters Vanderbilt events and fundraisers. He looks forward to continuing his volunteer work as President of Big Brothers Big Sisters next year. Additionally, Kevin joined the research team of Dr. Angela Jefferson at the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center as a volunteer. As a part of his work in the lab, Kevin worked with the neuroimaging analyst to improve the lab’s database infrastructure and post-process imaging data. Both of these experiences have been invaluable to Kevin, and he looks forward to continuing these endeavors upon his return to school in the fall.
Kevin spent his last summer as a Vanderbilt undergraduate in Austin, Texas working as an intern for Hospital Corporation of America. During this experience, he was able to gain useful insight into the healthcare industry while striving to leave a lasting positive impact on HCA and the organization’s associated work. His individual projects focused on improving hospital performance and included developing quantitative methods to optimize hospital labor forces. Kevin is honored and thankful to be a part of the Ingram Scholarship Program, and he is grateful to the Ingram family for the opportunity to explore and foster his passion for service.