Gregory Mitchell – Firefighter/Aerospace Engineer

Gregory Mitchell. Ph.D. Class of 1994. University of Southern California. Firefighter/Aerospace Engineer.

In his day job, Greg is an aerospace engineer. In his spare time, he is a volunteer fire fighter/emergency medical technician/ambulance driver at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.

Where does his diverse and tireless motivation come from? It started in Bronx, New York. Greg was the middle brother of three. His mother was a single parent. And although he spent most of his childhood in New York City, Greg lived with his aunt for four years in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania.

When he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, he knew right where he was going next: Troy, New York, as a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A federal student loan made it possible.

Greg secured a suitable student loan with an affordable repayment plan, so that his loan wouldn’t weigh heavily on his shoulders or his bank balance when he graduated.

Other student loans helped Greg along his way to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1994.

Today, as a Senior Engineering Specialist in the aerospace industry, Dr. Greg Mitchell is helping us all communicate better and faster through his work with satellite systems.

But even after all of his achievements and honors, professional affiliations and licenses, a long list of civic activities, published articles and patents, a lot of people are still most impressed by Greg’s volunteer work for the Rescue Squad.