Taylor Bobrow, Old Dominion ’15, celebrated a big day on Saturday, May 6, graduating from Old Dominion. The 22-year-old has many more big days to come.

With his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology just completed, Bobrow will leave this summer for Baltimore and a full scholarship to pursue his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which has one of the top-ranked biomedical engineering programs in the country.

“I didn’t think a Ph.D. was for me. I didn’t think I had the smarts,” Bobrow said. But when informed of the promise and potential of his undergraduate academics and research by Dean Krusienski and Sylvain Marsillac, professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, “that’s when I really started to get serious,” Bobrow said.

Krusienski said Bobrow’s acceptance from an undergraduate engineering program straight into the biomedical engineering Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins is one of the most impressive academic achievements by an Old Dominion student that he has encountered.

“His fellowship to the Ph.D. program at JHU is a testament to his abilities and work ethic,” Krusienski said. “His achievement is especially great for the University, showing current and prospective students that ODU graduates have the potential to be competitive at world-class institutions.”

For Bobrow, Old Dominion was the perfect choice after graduating from the Governor’s STEM Academy at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake.

“What’s made ODU so special for me is I had a chance to create experiences for myself,” Bobrow said. In addition to his studies, he played drums in the Monarch Marching Band and is a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He is also heavily involved in scouting, serving as national vice chief for Scouting’s National Honor Society in 2014.

After he receives his doctorate, Bobrow wants to be a biomedical entrepreneur or a faculty member like his mentors at Old Dominion.

“I really want to give back if I can. I have had an incredible experience here. I would love to be a mentor like my professors have been for me,” Bobrow said.

The story originally appeared on Old Dominion University’s website. Photo and story credit Brendan O’Hallarn.