Impact Award, Spring 2022
Taylor Gin says she started college unsure about what educational goals she wanted to pursue. But the community feel she got while touring Arizona State University’s Tempe campus drew her in.
She would in due course find a good fit for her ambitions, receiving the New American University Scholarship President’s Award for her academic achievements.
“I was originally an education major, but I have always wanted to be challenged and learn new things, so I was advised to try out electrical engineering,” Gin says. “It wasn’t until my sophomore year when I took my first circuits course that I felt like this was the right path for me.”
Gin then quickly got involved with student organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, IEEE Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, and also served as a Fulton Ambassador. In addition, she completed two engineering internships with Intel.
“My mentor, David Pedersen, from my most recent internship with Intel, has helped me grow, not only as a student but for my future career, “ Gin says. “He challenged me to always find ways to improve how things are done.”
Gin says her proudest accomplishment is the work she completed for her engineering capstone design project and honors thesis. Her team worked to identify Parkinson’s disease symptoms in individuals based on their voice or a finger tapping activity using machine learning.
“It has been exciting to learn about and see that there is potential for predicting this disease,” Gin says. “I have really enjoyed working at the intersection of health and engineering as well.”
Moving forward, Gin says she will be taking her talents to Intel as a design automation engineer. She says she also hopes to inspire more women to join her field.
“I found it surprising that there were so few women in my major,” Gin says, “but engineering has changed my life.”
She says the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is a place where anyone can succeed, especially with all the support offered to students.
“My long-term career aspirations are to always have work that I find enjoyable and challenging,” Gin says. “I don’t want the learning experience to stop after graduation.”