Engineering graduate Harold Gamarro is CCNY’s other Class of 2020 GEM Fellowship winner

Harold Gamarro, a standout graduate of the Grove School of Engineering, is the second member of City College of New York’s Class of 2020 to receive a GEM Fellowship. 

The highly competitive national honor funds master's and PhDs in engineering for underrepresented students of exceptional quality who intend to work in industry. Each year, GEM identifies and recruits more than 1,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals for admission to advanced degree programs at the nation’s top universities. 

The National GEM Consortium’s combination of graduate study and field-related internships make GEM fellows more marketable and more competitive upon graduation.

Gamarro, who earned his BE in mechanical engineering from the Grove School in 2018 before pursuing a master of engineering, returns to CCNY as a GEM Fellow this fall to begin a PhD program in mechanical engineering. The MIT Lincoln Laboratory will provide corporate sponsorship in addition to offering Gamarro an internship in summer 2021. 

NOAA-CREST and Presidential Professor Jorge E. Gonzalez will mentor Gamarro, the third CCNY Grove School alum to receive a GEM Fellowship in the past year. Lizzette Salmeron and Wendy Fernandez were awarded Fellowships in 2020 and 2019, respectively. 

Gamarro’s other academic honors include:

  • The 2018 CCNY LAESA SHPE Xerox Scholarship;
  • The Poster Honorable Mention Award at the 2018 International Conference on Urban Climatology in New York City; 
  • The 2018-2020 NOAA-CESSRST Fellowship for graduate studies at CCNY, funded by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institution; and 
  • The Top Graduate poster award at the 18th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Student Conference in Jan. 2019.

Born and raised in Queens, Gamarro is a first-generation college graduate from his Guatemalan immigrant family. 

He’s spending the summer as a NOAA EPP/MSI Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Scholar in the NOAA Chemical Science Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.  That is through the CCNY-based NOAA–CESSRST. Gamarro has previously interned at John Deere, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. 

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