Bosco Tech alumnus and Boeing Subcontract Manager Jose Karam (EL ’90) has established a valuable relationship between the two organizations. He has successfully nominated the school for The Boeing Employee Community Fund scholarship program, obtained corporate internships for past and current students, and is now advising IDEA’s new FRC robotics team, sponsored by the large aerospace and defense contractor. He also helped CSEE’s FTC robotics team earn corporate grants last year.
Bosco Tech gave me a good foundation and opened a lot of doors for me, he says. “I feel a debt for that. I want to give back because I feel I should.
After graduating from Bosco Tech’s electronics technology in 1989, Jose earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering/industrial management from USC and Loyola Marymount, respectively, followed by a law degree from Loyola Law School. He has fully utilized that education in his work, initially at Hughes Aircraft (later becoming Boeing), where he was hired as a student intern during his freshman year in college. His completion of a Bosco Tech class in RF Microwaves so impressed the internship interviewer that he was hired on the spot.
My experience at USC was great, but my identity and what I wanted to do and my choice to go into technology was because of Bosco,” Jose says. “I got my first ever opportunity because of a class I took there. With respect to my college experience, I completed it, but it wasn’t what determined my fate. It was my Bosco experience that did that.
While working in engineering, Jose realized he preferred the business side of the industry and earned a law degree in 2008. Now with the company 24 years, the subcontract manager is negotiating contracts internationally, melding his technology background and his legal expertise.
I feel I’m able to do my job at a fairly high level because I understand technology,” he explains. “My job is to buy parts all over world to incorporate into satellites. In negotiations, I know what I’m talking about. And in working with scientists and engineers, I’m able to talk to them.
His position requires him to travel the world, jetting to Europe alone four times this year. But later this month, Jose will find himself back on the Tech campus when he begins mentoring IDEA’s robotics team. While he can cite the names of Bosco Tech teachers who greatly inspired him, he will now have an opportunity to encourage current students.
I’ll tell them that in their future careers, it’s not going to be easy,” he says. “But it will come with a lot of patience and hard work. They also need to know how to talk to and work with people because everything in technology is about collaboration and nurturing relationships. That’s what makes things happen.