Terrell Glenn 

Terrell Glenn is a first-year direct Ph.D student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Prior to attending Purdue, Terrell received a B.S. in Physics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2016. Since adolescence, he has had a passion for science and technology. He would always be found tinkering with gadgets around the house and trying to understand the physics of the world around him.

When asked why he enjoys robotics, he says that it is his way of achieving his life’s duty to help those with disabilities function the way most humans do every day. He mostly cites his younger brother, Tevin, as his main source of inspiration. Tevin has cerebral palsy, which hinders him from being able to perform simple tasks that most humans do every day, such as walking, talking, and even feeding himself. Tevin is a young man that has so much potential, but due to his circumstance, has no way to express that potential. It is Terrell’s ultimate goal to create a robot or robotic system that is capable of assisting his parents in taking care of him. These aspects of science and technology are what drive him to one day help develop a line of robotics that will change the lives of humans with mental and physical disabilities.

In addition to starting his own robotics company, Terrell is interested in implementing a series of community service initiatives for young, underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). His objective will be the help these young men and women become as excited about STEM as he is by giving demonstrations, speaking at events, and conducting experiments. To date, he has conducted several “Science and Innovation Exploration” workshops for students in the metro-Atlanta area. As an undergraduate, Terrell served as the Lead Resident Advisor in the “Historic” Samuel T. Graves House, the President & Founder of the Morehouse College “RoboTigers” robotics team, has become a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Physics Students (SPS), as well as several other campus organizations, and was inducted into the nation’s oldest academic honor society, the Phi Beta Kappa Society. As a graduate student, Terrell has been named a full fellow of the National GEM Consortium and works in the C Design lab under the advisory of Dr. Karthik Ramani.

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