Terrell D. Neal recently graduated with a doctorate in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
The salutatorian of the Warren County High School Class of 1995, graduate, Dr. Neal received the PhD in electrical engineering with a minor in applied physics for investigations of "surface Plasmon enhanced light emission from organic light emitters."
He has worked with YESS, MURF, GradPreview and many other programs at Caltech geared towards exposing high school students and undergraduate students to research opportunities.
Throughout his tenure as a graduate student, he has taught labs ranging from introductory circuits for undergraduates to micro- and nanofabrication for graduate students. For those efforts, he received an Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology 29th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The California Institute of Technology, upon recommendation of the Graduate Dean, granted the Graduate Dean's Award for Outstanding Community Service to Dr. Neal, who throughout his graduate years at the Institute has made great contributions to graduate life and whose qualities of leadership and responsibility have been outstanding.
Dr. Neal was joined at the commencement by his grandmother Betty Baker of Atlanta, and parents Rev. Dr. Larry (Delois) Neal formerly of Thomson, and Mr. and Mrs. David (Elizabeth) Wilburn of Warrenton, as well as a host of friends.
He enjoys encouraging other students. In addition, Dr. Neal enjoys playing basketball, bowling, and has taken up an interest in flying.
His grandmother, Louise Neal, and great-grandmother, Rossie Thompkins, reside in Thomson.