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Gilbert’s yearly course offerings include Analytical Physics I & II, General Physics I & II, Introduction to Physics I & II, and an introductory astronomy course for non-science majors (Our Solar System), that he teaches both on campus and online. Since joining the faculty ranks at FM in the fall of 2013, he has shown a passion for sharing his knowledge of physics and astronomy with FM students and K-12 students in the surrounding communities. He has organized several hands-on science experiences at FM for area children ranging from grades one to 12. Over 200 students have already participated in his grant-funded outreach initiative.
His STEM outreach activities have already taken him into several school classrooms in the area: He served in 2014 and 2015 as astronomy resource person/facilitator during the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District annual Astronomy Day; visited a 12 grade project-based physics class at the Jansen Avenue School in Johnstown in the fall of 2013 and observed and exchanged ideas with the class teacher; worked with Mayfield Elementary School STEM teacher leader, Megan Gutenberg in spring 2015, in incorporating STEM ideas into K-5 lesson plans; and served as a STEM Fair judge at several school STEM fairs in the area including Park Terrace (spring 2014), Boulevard Elementary (spring 2014) and Northville High School (spring 2015). “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.
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. He also earned graduate credits from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. 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 Gloversville, NY, with his wife Magdalene, who he met as an undergraduate junior visiting his former high school during Easter break. They have four children, Charles, Bessie, Elise, and Daisy. Apart from a brother who is resident in Canada, 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 be working at 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.