Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Taylor Daniels

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Why you chose Pitt:

I visited Pitt during the fall of my senior year of high school. Pitt was never on my college radar, but I was visiting a longtime friend of mine who went to Pitt and happened to be an Engineering Ambassador. Using her recruiting skills, she showed me around the campus and Engineering School and I fell in love. I applied to Pitt in her dorm room that night! Additionally, growing up in the DC Metro Area, I always had access to many free and fun things to do. I wanted to find an urban environment that also provided me with those resources. At Pitt, free public transportation and access to many popular museums and attractions are provided with our Panther Cards! This is something I recommend taking advantage of.


Advice to a First Year Engineering Student:

Don’t take all honors and advanced classes! Coming in freshman year, the best thing you can do for yourself is taking the time to adjust well to a college workload and solidifying a good GPA while balancing a healthy mental, physical, and social life. Find a few clubs you are interested in and attend a few meetings. Getting involved and finding groups of friends that you share similar interests with is so beneficial to your college experience.


Extracurricular involvement and Future Goals:

I am an officer of the Society of Women Engineers and involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) Honorary Society, and the Student Alumni Association (SAA). I am currently finishing up my co-op as a Manufacturing Process/Project Engineer with Johnson & Johnson in Lititz, PA. Prior to leaving for my co-op, I was a Resident Assistant in Holland Hall. In the future, I would like to be a Resident Assistant again and possibly a Teaching Assistant (TA). Upon graduation in December 2020, I hope to obtain a position in either the consumer products, pharmaceutical, or food processing industry as a Process Engineer in a manufacturing plant or in Research and Development (R&D).