UWP Board: Taylor Poynor

Taylor is a lifelong learner who is deeply passionate about sharing the exciting world of STEM. She obtained her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines where she helped lead the local Engineers without Borders chapter and partook in undergraduate research focused on issues surrounding water in the West.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude, she went into consulting engineering to design water and wastewater treatment facilities for rural Colorado communities. Frustrated by not being able to operate the valves and pumps she was specifying for designs, Taylor embarked on a new journey into wastewater operations where she finally had the opportunity to engage hands on with the equipment that seemed so abstract in her consulting days.

Through volunteering with local schools to create new STEM and “real-world” focused classes, Taylor grew increasingly excited by the world of education. This ultimately led to her current work at MakerUSA as Program Manager where she feels she can best help address the talent gap by working with local communities to improve the STEM and maker experiences of students in her home of southwestern Colorado.

She loves to hike and run around in the mountains and has summited all of Colorado’s 14ers. She also loves climbing ice and rock, exploring canyons, and has a Wilderness First Responder Certification.

She is very excited to be involved in UWP’s important work with River Watch water sampling, and the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to both her community and the watershed.