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Taulor Garrick

TAYLOR GARRICK headed to college with plans to go on to medical school. In the meantime, he liked chemical engineering, so he planned on getting his undergraduate degree in that before studying to become a surgeon. But the more he learned about chemical engineering, the more he liked it.

Taylor, Class of 2013, appreciates having gained confidence and direction, not to mention knowledge and research experience, from his collegiate activities and excellent professors. On the suggestion of one professor, he joined the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and started to look for a research opportunity.

Soon he and a group of students won a grant to design and build a fuel cell powered car. While spending a year working on the car, "I saw what one side of chemical engineering could be," he explains, "and I enjoyed it a lot more than I did my biology classes or anatomy." The chance to connect study with practice showed Taylor the value of chemical engineering research as a career option, not just a steppingstone to medical school.