Taryn Melkus Bayles is a Professor, Teaching Track, of Chemical Engineering in the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh, and serves as the Vice Chairman of Undergraduate Education. She has spent part of her career working in industry with Exxon, Westinghouse and Phillips Petroleum. Her industrial experience has included process engineering, computer modeling and control, process design and testing, and engineering management. She has also spent over 20 years teaching Chemical Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno, University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In her courses she incorporates her industrial experience by bringing practical examples and interactive learning to help students understand fundamental engineering principles. Under her leadership, as the Undergraduate Program Director at UMBC, the program enrollment more than quadrupled and averaged 30-50% minority/underrepresented students. She has developed and led over 110 workshops with over 5500 participants for K-12 students, K-12 pre-service/in-service teachers, college students and faculty members. Her current research focuses on Engineering Education and Outreach. The goal of this research is to increase awareness of and interest in pursuing engineering as a career, as well as to understand what factors help students be successful once they have chosen engineering as a major.
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