Ashley Taylor of Max Meadows, Va., has received Virginia Tech’s 2014 College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Award.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the Outstanding Senior Award recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a graduating senior from each of the university’s eight colleges. Recipients have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and are selected by faculty and students within the respective colleges.

Taylor will receive her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree, with leadership and social change, interdisciplinary science and engineering, and music minors, during the University Commencement ceremony to be held Friday, May 16, in Lane Stadium.

A consistent dean’s list student, Taylor has been inducted into Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society. 

Taylor was a participant in the inaugural class of the Scieneering program, has developed a pediatric medical device, and currently is the lead engineer on a senior design project. Last summer, she was selected to participate in a project in Malawi with the Pediatric Medical Device Institute. 

Taylor is a member of the college’s Dean’s Team and serves on the executive board of the Student Engineer’s Council

Her community service activities include serving as a mentor in the FLEX program, mentoring local elementary school children, and volunteers as a note-taker with Services for Students with Disabilities.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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