Name: Brandon Kirkland
Grad Year: 2012
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Hueytown, Alabama
Why did you choose to attend UAB? In high school I had some experience working in Dr. Vaidya’s lab. So I was already leaning toward UAB since I knew a lot of the professors. But my acceptance into the Science and Technology Honors Program really sealed my decision.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? Dr. Moradi was my mentor for honors research and engineering senior design. Not only is he the best professor to teach difficult subjects, he also cares about the success of his students.
What is your favorite UAB memory? Any moment of my 4 years in the UAB Marching Blazers.
What is your current state of mind? Relieved. I think that’s the only word for it considering I just graduated.
What do you do for fun? Read Comic books. I’m an engineer, being geeky is part of the territory. Go Geocaching – think of a treasure map with a GPS. And I love spending time at the UAB Rec Center.
Who are your heroes in real life? Definitely my Grandfather.
If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? Sleep.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? As tempting as it is to say super speed/teleportation/time control, I’ll say control over magnetism. Seriously read X-Men. Magneto’s the most overpowered super villain ever created.
What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? The internet. I’m cheating a little since the foundations for it were laid in the 1950s. But public internet access in the 80s and 90s due to the rise of commercial internet service providers has changed every industry.
What are your future goals? Currently I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at UAB and I’m thinking really hard about getting a Ph.D.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? Sometimes I get accused of being an old man at heart so it would probably be something with an opus number.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? The energy crisis. More specifically, I think dependence on fossil fuels will eventually be solved regardless. But the sooner the better.
What’s the best advice you ever received? Sometimes ‘stubborn’ can be a very beneficial personality trait.