Tyler ISD Alumni Profile: Alex Baldwin, Ph.D.

June 6, 2018


Tyler ISD Alumni Profiles share the story of what our Alumni are doing now. If you are interested in sharing your story, follow the link at the bottom of the page to submit your information.


Alex Baldwin is a 2009 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School who recently earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Alex now works as a researcher and co-founder of a medical device start-up. Before pursuing his Ph.D., Alex received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


Here are a few of Alex’s favorite memories from his days in Tyler ISD:


What was your favorite subject/activity/involvement in high school? 

Marching Band! Getting to march at football games all around Texas and compete in marching competitions was the highlight of my time at Lee.


Who was your favorite teacher?

Ms. Karlovetz, who was my fourth grade teacher at Owens Elementary. She made science fun and exciting, let us play with all her pets (including the hissing cockroaches!) and even let us bring some of them home to take care of (not the cockroaches). Her excitement about science and the natural world set me on the path that has made me into a biomedical engineer and a medical researcher. A close second would have to be Mrs. Alexander, who worked harder than anyone I've ever met to make sure we all succeeded at AP Chemistry.


What Lessons did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?

I still use many of Mrs. McKinley's math lessons in my everyday work (the foo-foos and "put your hand on the wall" come to mind). Most important big-picture lesson was that good things are always available to you, but nothing is given to you. If you work [hard] and also respectfully seek out help then people will do everything in their power to see you succeed.


What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?

Try to live somewhere very different than Tyler Texas for a little while. Both Arkansas and Los Angeles were very different from Tyler, and living there gave me the opportunity to experience how different people live and think. It can be shocking to realize that the way you and your friends think/act/live isn't the way everyone does, but understanding the full breadth of human experience is essential for living a good life.


If you are a Tyler ISD alumni and would like to be considered for an Alumni Profile, please complete and  submit the online form along with a recent high-resolution headshot. We look forward to catching up with you and sharing your accomplishments!



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