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Alumnus Profile: Melvin Drukman, BSEE ’58

Current City: ​Atlanta, Georgia

What did you do in the year immediately after graduation?
Immediately after graduating, I worked for Boeing Company on the Bomarc Missile Project at Patrick Air Force Base.

What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
I have been retired for two years after practicing law for 25 years.

In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
The CoE started me on my professional career path. I worked in aerospace for 12 years as a field engineer before working at Southern Bell for 20 years. It actually wasn’t until I was 50 years old that I began law school.

Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
During my senior year, I attended an event on transistors with my fellow engineering students. Inspired by the technology behind transistors, we convinced the dean of the CoE to create an entirely new course on transistor technology.

What motivated you to support the College of Engineering?
I believe in helping other and providing future ’Canes with the same opportunities I received during my time at the CoE.

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
My advice for others would be to just follow what you like to do. You will receive so much more fulfillment out of your work if you enjoy what you are doing.

How would you describe the College of Engineering in seven words or less?
Engineering opens many doors to the future!

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