2021 Engineering Leader Under 40: Cameron Bolton, 25
Hardware Design Engineer, Sealevel Systems, Liberty, SC, United States, AS Science, Trident Technical College, BS Electrical Engineering, Clemson University
Cameron Bolton, 25
Hardware Design Engineer
Liberty, SC, United States
AS Science, Trident Technical College
BS Electrical Engineering, Clemson University
Why should this person be recognized for this award?
Cameron brings a sense of wonder to engineering. Traditionally we think of hardware design as being very structured and the word “wonder” is rarely associated. When his first board for Sealevel went into production, Cameron could be seen walking along the SMT line watching his design come to life through every step of the process. In his own words: “Designing boards is a great experience but the satisfaction of getting that board powered up, booting properly, and successfully programmed is what I enjoy the most.”
Achievements, Advancement & Career-related Industry Contributions
Cameron specializes in the development of control systems, power systems, and electric machines. During his time at Clemson University, he designed and built a robot that plays competitive chess games and also create a “self-tending” Zen Garden that generated patterns in the sand. As a hardware design engineer for Sealevel, Cameron is results-oriented and committed to following his designs through the entire process, from early concepts to manufacturing. Recently, he was assigned with leading the development of an industrial SuperSpeed USB 3.1 hub. Cameron immersed himself in a comprehensive understanding of USB specifications and protocols as he set out to create the best-in-industry rugged USB 3.1 hub. And he succeeded.
Non-work-related Activities & Hobbies
Cameron started a backyard garden growing his own tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. The original impetus was a desire to be more sustainable and reduce his carbon footprint. Now, he says he likes learning about how plants behave in general – and enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of his labor.
- Cameron is deeply enamored with the Universe/Space/Cosmos. He dreams of being able to fly a personal rocket-ship and exploring the universe.
- Cameron’s second favorite field of study (behind Electrical Engineering) is Chemistry. The fundamental nature of the elements, the way you can dramatically change the properties of a molecule with a single atom. For example, Sodium and Chloride are both extremely toxic elements on their own but combine them and you have harmless table salt. He finds that sort of relationship between elements intriguing.
Why did they choose this career?
Cameron finds electrical engineering incredibly captivating. Electrical Engineers harness one of the four fundamental forces of nature, electromagnetism, and fundamental particles known as the electrons. Even though engineers can’t physically see electrons, they can devise a way to manipulate them in a way that improves peoples’ lives.