The Chicago native served in the Marines for 12 years, 1996 to 2009, before deciding to go back to school.
Green was one of the first members of USD Engineering’s initiative, funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, to recruit veterans to transition to a career in engineering.
“I’ve found the faculty and staff here to be amazing,” he said a few years ago for a “Troops Transition” profile. “I like the small class size because I get a more intimate learning experience.”
During his time at USD, Green became “a very important part of our community at USD,” said Professor of Electrical Engineering Kathleen Kramer. He seemed “to be everywhere on campus at once,” she recalled. In addition to working at the campus bookstore, he also worked to encourage middle and high school students to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers at an ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) boot camp and the Expanding Your Horizons events held at USD. Running into him at the bookstore, Kramer once joked that he should be wearing his USD Engineering shirt to promote the program. Green pulled back his sweater to show that, indeed, he was wearing the shirt.
While completing USD’s demanding program where students receive both a bachelor’s of science and a bachelor’s of arts in engineering, Green found time to serve as the president of USD’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and vice president of its Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) chapter.
He also took third place at an IEEE competition this spring and for his senior design project, worked on a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Device to research the interaction between biological tissues and magnetic fields.
— Liz Harman
Photos by Chris Keeney