cameron-cooper

Degree earned at NC State University: Bachelor of Science Textile Engineering, 2009

What is your current job title?
Lieutenant Junior Grade Chief, Investigations Division – Sector Charleston, SC; & Search and Rescue Operations Controller, United States Coast Guard

What are your significant job responsibilities?
Investigate all Marine Casualties in / offshore of South Carolina to prevent future occurrences; & Planning appropriate Search and Rescue operations for boaters in distress in / offshore of South Carolina out to 200 nautical miles.

What experiences did you take from COT that you can say helped in your career?
Composite engineering classes / research / personal study has assisted my technical expertise while investigating fiberglass vessel hull failures.

What are some of your fondest memories of being at NC State / Textiles?
My fondest memories are tailgating before football games, camping out for Carolina tickets, walking through the Brickyard at night; drinking coffee at Global.

Do you have any funny / interesting anecdotes about your time in our department that you’d like to share?
I feel like that was so long ago! I’ve had so many laughs since, I can’t keep track of them all.

Are there things that you know now that you wished you had known as a student and that we can share with our current and future students?
Learning to interact with others on a professional basis for a common goal is key. You need to learn how to be a good leader, and a good follower.

Do you have any recommendations for students on how to prepare for a career in the armed services?
Enjoy College!!! Be glad you didn’t go to an Academy and get yelled at for 4 years. 17 weeks at Officer Candidate School was rough, but not that rough. The Coast Guard is making it pretty hard to get in, so make sure you have something to say for yourself when you finish college. Lead others on service projects, go see the world, help others, and make an impact. People who put their best foot forward at everything they do, are the folks the military wants to hire and promote.