Cedar Hill Graduate is Engineering A Bright Future

Kendall Lemons may pursue a Ph. D, become a consultant or a venture capitalist.

But there’s one thing for certain – Lemons has a bright future in Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or both.

Last year, Lemons was selected as a “2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar.”

“Math is really just problem solving, and engineering is applied math,” said Lemons, who is a senior double majoring in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU).

Lemons graduated seventh of more than 500 scholars at Cedar Hill High School in 2017. He credits his experience at CHHS with helping him earn a full academic scholarship to PVAMU.

“Choosing Prairie View A&M was the best decision I ever made, and I’ve been able to accomplish all of my goals at Prairie View,” Lemons said.

While at Cedar Hill, Lemons was active in the National Honor Society, the Student Council and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). He also played on the Longhorns Baseball Team.

In college, Lemons has been involved in just as many, if not more, extracurricular activities, including the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Pi Tau Sigma National Honor Society.

In addition, he is a researcher for PVAMU’s Department of Mathematics and a research technician for the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lemons hasn’t had to make the two-hour round trip drive to Houston. He’s worked remotely from Prairie View.

PVAMU started classes in August, and Lemons said he believes it’s possible that in-person classes will resume soon.

“Getting back to classes has been an adjustment,” Lemons said.

Lemons said one of the highlights of his engineering journey was an internship at Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies. Lemons credits CHHS Counselor Bonnie Baker with helping him secure that internship opportunity.

“I met some of my best friends during that internship,” Lemons said.