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Millions of engineers and scientists use MATLAB to analyze and design the systems and products transforming our world.

Two summers ago, Boeing systems engineer Brandon Jones mentored a high school intern who was interested in learning more about MATLAB.

Brandon not only helped the intern learn the MATLAB engineering tool, but also gave him an idea of what it means to be a systems engineer at Boeing.

“Dr. Jones developed a detailed plan via three tasks and worked with the intern daily producing a presentation at a stress free pace,” a Boeing engineering leader said. “The effort was very successful. The high school intern had a  valuable experience in technical, presentation, and communication skills.”

MATLAB is in automobile safety systems, interplanetary spacecraft, health monitoring devices, smart power grids, and LTE cellular networks.

It is used for machine learning, signal processing, image processing, computer vision, communications, computational finance, control design, robotics, and much more.

Not only did Brandon teach the student MATLAB, but he developed a mentoring program that allows Boeing interns to gain real-world experience as a systems engineer.

The program helps students practice, have fun with projects, and build important career skills.

If you asked Brandon the most important life lessons he’s learned to date, he would tell you, “If you have a dream and want to pursue it, don’t put barriers around yourself. Opportunities in life really do come from education.”

Brandon earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Southern University and A&M College, and became the first in his family to become a college graduate. He then went on to earn a master of science and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University.

In the summer of 2012, Brandon interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed  software in MATLAB and C++ for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle surveillance systems.

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