Anderson Hall in the spring

Adams Fellow Elliot Taylor

Elliot Taylor has been named the 2016 recipient of the John and Dorothy M. Adams Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship.

The Adams Fellowship targets extraordinary students who apply to Tufts School of Engineering graduate programs in strategic interdisciplinary research areas. 2016 Adams Fellow Elliot Taylor will pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and took the time to answer some questions.
Chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate and Adams Fellow Elliot Taylor.

How did you become interested in chemical and biological engineering?

I became interested in chemistry at an early age because I was fascinated by differences in materials and wanted to understand what influenced their properties. I chose to pursue engineering in college because I wanted to apply that interest in a way that could be meaningful towards energy and sustainability concerns in the world.

What kind of research have you worked on in this area? What are the broader implications of your research?

At my previous university, I worked in a lab studying the properties and processing of polymeric materials. On the broad scale we were concerned with improving existing materials and expanding their applications through improved processing.

What research topics do you think you might pursue?

At Tufts I hope to continue working with materials, but I would also like to increase focus towards environmental sustainability. Fortunately, there are several Tufts professors doing research that I am interested in, so I am looking forward to getting back into a laboratory and doing research again.

What made Tufts the right choice for you?

The type of research being conducted was a factor that helped me choose which universities I would apply to, but an important factor that helped me make my decision was the community at Tufts. While looking at schools, I emailed different professors I was interested in working for, and the ones at Tufts were quick to respond and happy to answer my questions. Both the current graduate students and the professors were very approachable at the Tufts School of Engineering open house and I made up my mind shortly after. I am looking forward to being a part of the community at Tufts.

Once you finish your degree program, what would you ultimately like to be doing with your time?

I am pursuing a doctoral degree because my goal is to advance scientific knowledge as a researcher. But in addition to that, I also want to teach and help the next generation grow in its appreciation for science as an educator. There are different paths one could take to reach both of these goals, but my hope is to combine research and education as a university professor.

What does having this fellowship and the financial support mean to your ability to pursue a graduate education?

Being a recipient of the Adams Fellowship is a great honor. I’d like to thank Tufts for granting me this fellowship and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year to begin my doctoral studies.