Giving back with an eye to the future

Tim and Sharon Taylor give to name the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering

With an eye to the future, Tim Taylor and his wife, Sharon, have made a significant investment in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, naming the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering. This investment will empower the department to recruit and retain top faculty and the best students, and provide flexible funding for department leaders to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

“I’ve had a very fortunate career in the energy sector, but it was built on the foundation of the education I received at K-State in chemical engineering,” Tim said. “Because of that, I’m in the position to contribute back to the university. I think it’s important to help current and future students enjoy the same types of opportunities I had.”

Tim Taylor received his degree in chemical engineering from K-State in 1975. He served on the Engineering Advisory Council, received the Engineering Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame. He also serves on the College of Engineering’s Innovation and Inspiration Campaign steering committee.

“I think there are three things that make a good educational opportunity — students, faculty and facilities,” Tim said. “I hope with this gift, we’re able to address all three of those, because in the end, it’s really the quality of those three things that determine success.”

The Taylors appreciate the foundation Tim received at K-State, inspiring them to give back, but the future success of students and the college is what they really value.

“The real reward in giving back to our university is watching our students continue to develop and grow,” Tim said. “I believe the future of these students who come out of chemical engineering and other parts of the university are just going to be critical to recognizing the potential that exists in the world. That is the most rewarding aspect.”

Tim and Sharon Taylor

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