A Mentor Who Puts Students First: Professor Trent True Named MVP by Baseball Standout

Trent True and Calvin Bickerstaff in the Materials and Processes lab

Professor Trent True from the College of Aeronautics and Engineering was recently honored by senior student-athlete Calvin Bickerstaff as the professor who made the biggest impact on his academic success at Kent State University. Bickerstaff, a pitcher for the Kent State Baseball team, selected True as his "Most Valuable Professor."

In a candid interview, Professor True shared his sentiments about being named Calvin's MVP. "It made me feel warm and fuzzy," he admitted with a smile. "Calvin is a great student and I know he will do well, whether it's in the engineering field or on the baseball field."

Bickerstaff, an applied engineering major from Steubenville, Ohio, praised True's dedication to students. "Trent really cares about his students and does whatever he can to help them get the proper education. He always puts the students first and is very helpful," said Bickerstaff.

For Professor True, who is finishing his 9th year at Kent State, teaching is not merely a profession but a passion that has been nurtured since his formative years. "I knew I wanted to be a teacher since high school," he reminisced. After a stint in the army and a revelation about the direction of his career, he found his calling in academia. His journey led him to Kent State University, where he now imparts his knowledge and wisdom to aspiring engineers within the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. “My happy place is with the students—having facetime with the students,” he said.

POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2024 10:43 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 02:03 PM