Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
University of South Carolina, BSE Mechanical Engineering, ‘18
Host Institution: Ball Aerospace
Mentor: Celinda Marsh
Taylor Zedosky graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering. She traces her love of aerospace back to when her family moved from the DC area to a small town in Pennsylvania and the night skies truly opened up.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Taylor worked at Ball Aerospace, contributing to a wind-doppler LIDAR system to measure wind speeds and patterns to better predict weather, such as hurricanes. She designed multiple mounts for various parts of the system, created a fluid coolant loop to temperature control the lasers, and developed a system for a live stream camera.
Currently, Taylor is working full time at Ball Aerospace as a mechanical engineer. She designs mechanisms for several spacecraft, ranging from telescopes to satellites. Additionally, Taylor is pursuing her Master’s in Aerospace Engineering part-time from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She actively volunteers and serves as a Ball big sister mentoring female engineering students from CU Boulder.
As an undergraduate, Taylor was an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, including serving as President for two years. She was also a research assistant at the McNair Aerospace Center, where she helped design a UAS that launched out of a bomb tube for the Office of the Navy.