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Life & Work with Mamadou Diallo of Towson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mamadou Diallo.

Hi Mamadou, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born and raised in Guinea-Conakry, West Africa. I spent the first half of my childhood over there before migrating to the US at the age of 13 to join my family living here. I began high school without the ability to speak any English and had to adjust not only to talk about the language but also to the new culture. Despite this challenge, I could learn quickly and took honors in English and college-level psychology, Physics, and mathematics courses by my senior high school.

After HS, I continued my studies at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) – where I pursued a track in Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Medicine. I eventually obtained my AS Degree in Engineering Science from CCBC and transferred to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to complete my BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at CCBC, I was involved in many extra-curricular activities. I served as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the chapter’s VP of Leadership, VP of the International Club, and President of the Muslim Student Association. I also met my lovely wife, Medina Walker, while on campus.

I am a Mechanical Engineer experienced in Leading High Performing Teams, Project Engineering, the Design of High Precision Machined Components, and the Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Welded Joints and Components. I also founded and host the Engineers Hub Podcast, where I bring on fellow Engineers, Managers, Technical Experts, and Industry Leaders from various Engineering Disciplines and Industries to share their stories and experiences, uncover different engineering career paths, and inspire Engineers to do more and be more.

In addition, I am currently serving as the President of GAED, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities and resources to students of low-income backgrounds in Guinea-Conakry. I have been happily married to my wonderful wife, Medina Walker, since the age of 21 and have a daughter and son, whom I love dearly and keep me young at heart.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
1. Coming to the US as a teenager without being able to speak English was a very challenging experience. Overcoming this experience helped me realize that I could accomplish whatever I set my mind to.

2. I had no guidance/mentorship while transitioning from high school to college. This led me to make many mistakes and inspired me to go back and mentor other students in this position.

3. During my last 2 years of university, I was juggling a full-time engineering course load while working close to 40 hours every week to help provide for my household as a husband and new father.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Mechanical Engineer experienced in Leading High Performing Teams, Project Engineering, the Design of High Precision Machined Components, and the Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Welded Joints and Components. I also founded and hosted the Engineers Hub Podcast. I bring on fellow Engineers, Managers, Technical Experts, and Industry Leaders from various Engineering Disciplines and Industries to share their stories and experiences, uncover different engineering career paths, and inspire Engineers to do more and be more. In addition, I am currently serving as the President of GAED, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities and resources to students of low-income backgrounds in Guinea-Conakry. I have been happily married to my wonderful wife, Medina Walker, since the age of 21 and have a daughter and son, whom I love dearly and keep me young at heart.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting?
Never stay idle. Keep moving, keep learning, and keep growing. Even when unsure of where you may be headed, the worst thing you can do is not do anything. Just do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.

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