Mikell Taylor
Mikell Taylor
Senior Project Engineer, Otherlab
San Francisco, CA

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Raised in Columbus, Ohio and now living in San Francisco, Mikell Taylor is a self-described robotics geek. She leads a team called Sky Machines at private research company Otherlab. Sky Machines is working on a variety of novel autonomous aerial platforms - drones, but not in the way you're thinking! Previously, she spent seven years as a Systems Engineer at Bluefin Robotics. Bluefin, based in Boston, designs and manufactures autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs. These swimming robots investigate shipwrecks, ice floes, chemical characteristics, and other curiosities in the depths of the world's oceans. Mikell has also worked on manufacturing robots, planetary rovers, and autonomous ground vehicles, not to mention quite a few different robotic athletes through the FIRST Robotics Competition. In the future she hopes to share her robot geekiness with the world by commercializing robotic consumer products. She obtained her Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA in 2006 as a member of the inaugural class, and in 2011 she was selected as a Woman to Watch by Mass High Tech. Mikell loves to travel, whether for work or for pleasure, and she is an avid reader who doesn't go anywhere without her Kindle.
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Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
  • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
Latest Questions
  • Nida, Saudi Arabia asked Mikell Taylor, Otherlab

    Added Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Hi there .. First of all, I read what you wrote in your blog article and I was amazed by how much you love what to do.. It's challenging for me to want to become an engineer especially leaving in Saudi Arabia where stereotypes think women shouldn't be electrical engineers so I just wanted to say that I consider you as a role model. All in all I just wanted to ask you, if I want to work in a field of building smart devices and robots , should I major in CS first or electrical engineering ...
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    Mikell Taylor, Otherlab
    Answered Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM
    First off, I really have to apologise for how long it has taken me to respond to you. I had a baby last year and in the lead-up to that I really lost track of a lot of my messaging. I'm very, very sorry! Thank you for taking the time to write to ...
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