Kathleen Taylor
Kathleen Taylor
Retired
MA

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Close Up
  • What I Do
    Retired from General Motors. Currently participate on NAE study panels.
  • Why Engineering?
    Liked the challenge, subject matter, and employment opportunities
  • School Days
    Douglass College (AB), Northwestern University (PhD)
  • My Day At Work
    Catalysis research. Research management
  • Best Part
    The pay, interesting work, and excellent co-workers
  • Proud Moments
    Contribution to the development of the automobile catalytic converter.
  • My Family
    Second of four girls, married, no children
  • Dreams and Goals
    Continue committee work with the NAE, the DOE, and university advisory boards
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Take a long view of your career. Pursue lifelong learning. Keep in contact with your friends.
  • Additional Thoughts
    Take a long view of your career. Pursue lifelong learning. Keep in contact with your friends.
  • Hobbies
    I have been doing a lot of painting and connecting with family through my genealogy. Travels to Italy with my husband.
Biography

What do you do in your current work situation?
Retired from General Motors. Currently participate on  NAE study panels.

Why did you choose engineering?
I did not want to be poor, I liked chemistry, and I believed I could get a job with a chemistry degree.

Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
AB Chemistry, Douglass College
PhD Northwestern University

What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
Catalysis research.
Research management

What do you like best about being an engineer?
The money. Working with a terrific group of engineers. Interesting and challenging work.

Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
Contributions to the development of the automobile catalytic converter.

What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
Not sure of this one

Please tell us a little about your family.
I have 3 sisters. I am married to Bruno Notari, a native of Italy. My mother was an artist. My father had his own contracting business.

What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
1-2 years:To improve my art work and spend time with family and friends.
10+ years: To be around.

What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
My parents, friends, teachers, co-workers

What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Just do it

Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
I have been doing a lot of painting and connecting with family through my genealogy. Travels to Italy with my husband.

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    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Hi, I’m a third year mechanical engineering student in Ireland and I was wondering, are soft skills, such as I.T and communication, more important than math related subjects for a newly graduated engineering when looking for employment?
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    You need all of these skills as well as integrity. The math skills are part of the qualification for any engineering activity. The IT and communication skills are not an either/or if you want to advance in your career.
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