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Daniels, Taylor

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:

On campus, I am the Treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers, the VP of Internal Affairs for American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and involved in the Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) Honorary Society, and the Student Alumni Association (SAA). I am also a Resident Assistant for student athletes in the Bridge on Forbes and a Teaching Assistant for the first-year engineering program (ENGR0011/ENGR0012). I also completed a year-long co-op as a Manufacturing Process/Project Engineer with Johnson & Johnson in Lititz, PA.  Upon graduation in December 2020, I hope to obtain a position in either the consumer products, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, or food processing industry as a Process Engineer in an operations/manufacturing environment.