Be Remarkable: Even in retirement, Make McDermott is still helping former students

Dr. McDermott retired from A&M a few years back, but still gives his time to the students that are needing some extra help with their engineering courses.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 5:45 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - A former Texas A&M associate professor is still teaching and guiding some of his former students in the world of mechanical engineering.

“Dr. Make McDermott is amazing at inspiring students to learn and grow, grow their skills, and have that confidence to get better,” said former student Chad Kuboviak. “He doesn’t tell you but he always knows the answers but he makes you go work for them and find them and go develop those skills to get better and give you that confidence to graduate and tackle real-world problems that you don’t get in school.”

McDermott recently retired after working at Texas A&M for 42 years. Under his supervision there his students have won a number of Formula SAE International competitions.

“I had some really good students and because they were working so hard we worked so closely together we got to know them really well,” said McDermott. That relationship still continues today.

Now in his retirement years, he’s side by side with his former students helping them achieve their goals. Right now they’re building an electrical motorcycle to try and set a land speed record. A number of his students have shared how appreciative they are that Dr. McDermott continues to share his tools, time, and knowledge.

“Dr. McDermott has been known to help students financially as well. Also, he is involved in the Aggieland Soccer Tournament that is the area each year,” said former colleague and Be Remarkable award nominator Kim Moses. “He would dedicate so much of his time with the kids on evenings and weekends. He has touched many student’s lives during his tenure at TAMU and keeps in touch with most of the students today. TAMU needs more faculty like Dr. McDermott.”

All this and more is why KBTX and Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers are proud to present Dr. Make McDermott with this week’s Be Remarkable Award.

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