Dr. Taylor Wilkinson –¬† M.S. 2014 & Ph.D. 2017


About this Alum

Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina

Degree(s) obtained at Mines: M.S. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 2014; Ph.D. Materials Science, 2017 (Focus: Materials Science, Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics)

Other Degrees: B.S. Materials Engineering and Science, 2010

Favorite Memory from Mines: Taking breaks from thesis writing to get coffee and go and visit/feed the chickens by Clear Creek!

Hobbies: Yoga // Meditation // Puzzles // Cooking

Advice to Students: I have two pieces of advice:
1. Use any and all opportunities that you can to sharpen your presenting and communication skills; this may be teaching friends topics for the qualifying exam, going to a conference, or lecturing during your TA hours. These skills will help you network as well as make your knowledge accessible to people with various backgrounds.
2. Find mentor(s) early! It could be your advisor, it could be another professor, an industry sponsor, or a fellow student, but find someone you connect with you. Having a mentor is so important to your wellbeing, they are a safe individual who can help you navigate school and beyond.

Career Path

  • ¬†Corning, Inc. (Corning, NY): Sr. Development Scientist, Development Scientist (2017-present)