Mines Staff

Taylor Keller: "I choose Mines because of its highly ranked engineering programs and small class sizes."

Westminster, CO
Mechanical Engineering '19
Taylor Keller

Why did you choose to come to Mines? What have you enjoyed most about being here?

I choose Mines because of its highly ranked engineering programs and small class sizes. After starting my first semester, I quickly learned how exciting and inclusive the Mines culture is. Everyone is on a similar path—engineering.

Tell us about something you're working on right now that you find exciting, fulfilling or challenging?

I started my first professional engineering job recently and enjoy every day learning something new.

Have you done an internship or co-op or been in a professional job while at Mines? Tell us who you worked for and what you were doing. What stands out?

I had two separate summer internships. The first was with Xcel Energy and its thermal energy department. The second was with Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Louisville, CO. Having these two internships was instrumental when exploring and discovering my true professional passions.

What communities, groups or organizations—on- and off-campus—are important to you and why?

As a proud co-founder of the Colorado School of Mines Veterans Alliance, the student veteran community has a special place in my heart. I would not be where I am today without the help and support of these individuals.

What are your plans for the future? What's your dream job?

I planned to secure a job in the field of design and manufacturing. Shortly after graduating, my career plans were put on hold because of COVID-19 but after six months I was able to secure my dream job. Going to work every day doing something you love is priceless. In addition, my wife and I plan to stay in Denver and start a family.

What would you tell someone interested in joining your academic program or Mines in general?

I would explain how rewarding of an experience I had.
Also, try to find a group a fellow student who you can connect with.

What's your favorite thing to do outside of class and coursework? How do you unwind, manage stress, find fulfillment, etc.?

Growing up with an imaginative mind for design, I have always enjoyed crafting and building different things. That passion has translated well into woodworking. I enjoy working in my shop after a long day at school or work.

Tell us something about you that most people would be surprised to learn?

I am severely colorblind.


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