Mentor Profile: Meet Gilvir Gill, an Engineering Mentor

Hey guys! Welcome back to another entry of our Mentor Profile series, and this time we will be introducing Gilvir Gill, an engineering mentor! Take a minute to get to know one of our amazing mentors, and feel free to send him an email at gilvir@kinet-x.org

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do for Kinet-X

My name is Gilvir, and I’m an engineering mentor.  Other than engineering, I like running, playing video games, reading, and listening to music.

Tell us about your tech background.

I've recently picked up C, C++, and Go as programming languages (wrote an IPC based multi-threaded graphics engine in Go). This year, as part of the Student Union at Stuyvesant I used Python to automate seating and ticket distribution for over 2800 people at Carnegie Hall for graduation, and served a large part in managing background logistics for SING!, the school play. I have experience writing my own Neural networks from scratch, and also experience using numpy, tensorflow, and Encog. I was Co-president of one of the schools FTC teams, and did a good amount of outreach to younger kids, demoing at the World Science Fair and letting them drive the team's robots.

How'd you get into tech?

I just started fixing things around the house, and from there I got into computers. I started building my own PC to play video games. Eventually I just kept going further and further down the electronics rabbit hole and found myself here, at Kinet-X.

What were you doing before Kinet-X?

Before Kinet-X, I was on my school’s robotics team. Junior year, I was head of programming and senior year I became president. That same year I was also the Student Union IT Director. As director, I worked to improve school efficiency, through projects like developing an automatic ticketing system for graduation.  

Who have been your greatest influences and mentors?

Elon Musk is one of them, not only because he’s a great engineer, but because he’s willing to do things investors might not always like. At the same time, he has a great business mind, and those two traits work really well together. That’s how he became involved in so many different industries like online commerce, rockets, solar panels, etc. For me, he demonstrated that if you’re willing to put in the work, you can achieve a lot.

What keeps you going?

Being able to do projects no one else has done before.

What's been the greatest part of Kinet-X thus far?

Seeing what kids can come up with. You don’t expect that level of ingenuity from young kids. It’s amazing to see them come up with solutions and being able to witness their thought process that is oftentimes so different from what you’re accustomed to.

Walk us through a typical day of yours.

I wake up at 6am, go for a 2 mile run, take a shower, and then get ready for either work or school. Traveling to the city takes me a hour and half, so I end up reading a lot during my commute. This morning I was reading an essay on the principles behind how HTTP is set up. Once I’m done with my commute, it’s work or school, and once that ends I get to finally go home and relax. I’ll play video games, meet with friends, then go for another run. Shower. Sleep. Repeat.

Where do you plan to go from here and what about college?

Next year I’m going to Stony Brook. I’ll probably have a lot of free time, so I’ll try working part-time. I also plan on coming back to Stuyvesant to mentor the robotics team. I have a lot of experience, and I’d like to help out, wherever I can.

Any parting words of wisdom?

Two showers a day. Always.