FOSSI | Meet Malcolm Doster, Jr.: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending North Carolina A&T State

Meet Malcolm Doster, Jr.: 2021 FOSSI Scholar Attending North Carolina A&T State

May 13, 2022

FOSSI: Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Malcolm Doster, Jr. and I am a recent graduate of the Science and Technology Program at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland. In the Fall, I plan to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as a member of the university’s honors program. I pride myself on hard work, integrity, and excellence. 

As an aspiring mechanical engineer, I'm passionate about the idea of designing and building innovative creations that hold the power to move society forward.

Throughout my high school career, I remained committed to serving my community; improving the culture of my school as Chairperson for the Culture and Climate Committee through the Principal’s Action Council; leading the high school varsity lacrosse team as a model for peers and teammates, encouraging them both academically and athletically; interning at Johns Hopkins University through the CIRCUIT Aspire program, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

FOSSI: Fast forward – where do you see yourself in ten years?

In 10 years, I plan to have earned my graduate degree in mechanical engineering and to be a few years into my career. I hope to be in a position to be a problem-solver— to help communities like mine in Maryland that are disproportionately affected by many of society's problems that engineers have the power to solve. I plan to pay it forward by creating opportunities for students of color who want to pursue STEM careers.

My goals include offering programs in elementary schools that expose students to the world of engineering, mentoring students on a STEM track, and ultimately creating internships to offer students priceless real-world experiences. This is my vision because I know it’s critical that more men and women of color become the problem solvers and part of a more diverse STEM future, acutely aware of the needs and positioned to make a positive impact in all communities.

The life lessons and skills I’ve learned over the past 4 years have prepared me to collaborate with my peers across different ethnicities and cultures, to embrace and value difference and to live and lead authentically.

FOSSI: Share a few fun facts about yourself.

  • I’ve played lacrosse for about 9 years.
  • I always sleep in socks.
  • I have a pet dwarf rabbit named Oreo and a dog named Bailey.
  • My favorite TV series is Rick and Morty.
  • I was an intern for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
  • If I could reincarnate as any animal I’d probably be a Panda.
  • My favorite book is The City of Ember.
  • I am a diehard Cowboys fan.