CALENDAR

Hi, I'm Taylor.

I study Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
I'm a Teaching Assistant in The College of Engineering,
A Research Assistant in The Morphing Matter Lab,
and former Intern at Mattel and Deeplocal.

Projects

I like building things, especially things that make people smile. I like questions; asking them and answering them, and I'm all about how the details come together to make something awesome. I like exploring new materials and methods; sometimes that means making a wool slipper from scratch, other times that means designing motor controllers. You can see my full project portfolio here. Right now, here are some of my favorite things I've worked on:




Teaching

I like helping empower others with knowledge that I know well. At CMU, I've TAd for four semesters, three professors, two courses, and over 150 students.

Gadgetry: Sensors, Actuators, and Microprocessors
In Spring '17, Fall '17, and Spring '18, I TAd Gadgetry (24-354), CMU's introductory course on mechatronics. As the first undergraduate teaching assistant, I helped develop the course over three semesters, led labs, designed and administered a term project, and wrote/graded assignments.

Make It Move
In Fall '18 I'll be a teaching assistant for 24-212, Make It Move, a new course exploring springs, motors, pneumatics, wheels, bearings, and other mechanisms for movement along with their optimal applications. The course is one of the first to be held in the new MakerWing, focusing on rapid prototyping.


Work+Play

Most of my professional experience has been in experience driven applications of engineering. The past two summers I've worked at Mattel, Inc. and Deeplocal, Inc. Where I got to put those skills to use.

At Deeplocal, just about everything I touched was confidential, except for deeplocal.com/postermaker, a totally custom machine built with Google, which I brought on-site to Côte d'Azur, France for activation. There, I operated the robot for executives, designers, celebrities, and engineers at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

At Mattel, I had the great and absurd opportunity to act as a project manager for a line of die-cast cars. Managing a team of marketers, designers, and engineers, I helped bring over 50 toys to life. Toys from that summer are now on shelves in toy stores all over the planet.


Morphing Matter

The Morphing Matter Lab develops materials, tools, and applications of adaptive, dynamic and intelligent morphing matter from nano to macro scales. We turn fictional futures into the present.

Currently my focus is on shape memory fibers, specifically fully reversible thread actuators, and the fabrication methods of such fibers at longer than ever made before lengths. My interests lie in the fabrication and applications of new and interesting methods of actuation.


Earlier this year, our team's work was featured in Lunar Gala, a student run fashion show at Carnegie Mellon. The above video highlights an application of our research.


Me

I’ve just finished my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and am continuing a fifth year to finish a masters degree, also in mechanical engineering. Academically, I’ve focused on mechanical design, mechatronics, and anything having to do with motion and actuation. I'm most interested in what experiences can be created with engineering, and how people interact with the machines and devices we build.

Beyond that, I'm a tourguide, an orientation counselor, and improviser, an avid hiker and backpacker, traveler, photographer, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and occasionally a triathlete. I'm a person who cares a whole lot about the communities of which I'm a part.

This website is meant to serve as a portfolio for the projects I've done. To make it a little more fun, the wrench that you see as the cursor is really a scaled down version of as a wrench I made in real life here.




website built from scratch by me!