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Student Spotlight: Ervin L. McWilson II

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September 12, 2022

Meet Ervin L. McWilson II
Incoming PhD student

Pensacola, Florida

Sacramento, California

Binghamton University
Norfolk State University

Master of Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science, Electronics Engineering

Academic and work experience

I have led successful careers in electrical engineering and entrepreneurship. After graduating with my master's degree, I entered the aerospace & defense industry, working for elite companies such as BAE Systems, Northrup Grumman, and Raytheon Technologies. In addition to my engineering career, I launched multiple entrepreneurial endeavors. Building upon my engineering experience, I started a transportation business, incorporating innovative strategies and techniques. The struggles I experienced within the world of entrepreneurship ignited a desire to evaluate the entrepreneurial ecosystem necessary to advance African-American tech entrepreneurs. This passion led me to pursue my doctorate degree in Management Science and Engineering.

Impact I hope to have in my field and the world

I want to expand our knowledge of how African-American tech entrepreneurs succeed by developing a framework for characterizing the success of African-American tech entrepreneurs. As an aspiring professor, my goal is to create incubators based on my research that will possess these unique mechanisms to facilitate the development of African-American tech entrepreneurs.

Interests and hobbies

First and foremost, I am a proud dad of two toddler girls and a military husband to an active duty Air Force Officer. I enjoy spending quality time with my family. Sometimes that entails movie nights, singing, swimming, hiking, and road trips. Outside of spending time with my family, I enjoy golf, books, concerts, and mentoring the next generation.

Meet the 2022 incoming PhD cohort