I had the special privilege and blessing of knowing Mr. Odom during my time in college. Among other things, he was involved in securing corporate partnerships so engineering students could be placed for coop positions. He was talented at building trust with those corporations, and even better at matching those corporations with a student who would best fit them, and grow with them. He was much more than that to me. He was a friend and mentor.
I don’t remember Mr. Odom without a smile. I could walk into his office on any given day and get Mr. Odom at his best – listening, encouraging and guiding. For an engineering student whose workload was demanding and whose professors set a high bar, Mr. Odom was a bright spot in the day.
The thing that struck me was his consistency. Yes, most of us can be cheerful most of the time…with folks we like. Mr. Odom seemed to be that way all the time and with everyone who sought him out.
Beyond college, we continued a friendship that has lasted for over 15 years. I know even today that I can call him anytime, and he will be there for me.
He played a critical role in my development - personally, professionally and spiritually. For that, I will always be grateful!
Mr. Odom is one of those rare individuals that is truly impassioned by the success and growth of the young people that he works with. As my mentor throughout my collegiate studies, He continually mentored and motivated me to continue to grow, learn, and achieve beyond what I thought was possible. His level of excitement and encouragement is incredibly high while maintaining a genuineness that inspires. Without his words of guidance and encouragement, I would not be where I am today.
I have known Mr. Odom for over 13 years. At the time, I was a young engineering student with big dreams and Mr. Odom took the time to help start my career. When I was still a student, I was fortunate enough to work in his office and a developed a friendship with him and his family. He always took me seriously in my pursuit of aerospace engineering and worked with me on getting my first job at NASA.
Over the years, I have valued Mr. Odom’s continued mentorship and friendship. Even in my current position as a lead structural analyst at a prominent aerospace company, I use the skills and business ethics that he instilled in me as a young professional. Without hesitation, I would recommend Mr. Odom, and I will always value his professionalism, teaching, and guidance.
Aerospace Engineer - Mojave, CA
I first met Mr. Odom as a student in college and he was one who convinced me of the importance for engineering students to take advantage of opportunities and the leg up one would have by getting this work experience upon graduation. He was right. The experiences I acquired helped me land a position as an associate for a IT company in Houston where I have recently transitioned into the role of a systems engineer.
What I remember most about Mr. Odom was his passion to help students be successful. The workshops he provided helped me with my interviewing and resume writing skills. He also challenged and pushed you to succeed and keep adding to your skill set. Mr. Odom THANK YOU for your support!