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Gilbert is teaching Physics I and Physics III at FM. His immediate goal is to share his passion for physics with FM students and the surrounding communities. “The hope is by taking FM’s physics to area high schools and the communities we serve, we will be transforming FM into a magnet center for high school graduates to begin their college education in the sciences and engineering,” says Gilbert.
While in high school, Gilbert did well in all of the science subjects but particularly enjoyed the ability of physics laws and theories to predict and describe natural phenomena. “I wanted to be that person who can explain every physical phenomenon around us,” he says. “I also realized that physics, more than other courses I took, emphasized the development of analytical ability, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.”
Gilbert earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from University of Buea, Cameroon and a second Master’s degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. Before joining FM’s faculty, he worked at the University of Dschang, Cameroon; South Louisiana Community College; and Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
The second child in a family of seven boys and three girls, Gilbert resides in Amsterdam, NY, with his wife Magdalene, who he met as an undergraduate junior visiting his former high school during Easter break. They have three children, Charles (13), Bessie (7), and Elise (7 months). Apart from a brother who is a graduate student in Sweden, his parents and siblings are based in Cameroon. Gilbert is both a fan and participant of soccer, ping pong, and tennis.
“I ‘m excited to join a striving college like FM with great traditions and an openness to innovative change; a place where everyone you meet – from the faculty, staff, and administrators – is willing to help make your work and life a little better,” says Gilbert.