Apr 22, 2013
By Kaitor Kposowa
An industrial and systems engineering student at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology has received the nationally competitive President's Scholarship from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).
Benjamin Taylor, a junior from Cleveland, was recognized for his excellence in scholarly activities and leadership in the industrial engineering profession with the President's Scholarship, of which only one is awarded each year. Candidates for this honor must be active in a student chapter of IIE,have demonstrated leadership and promoted IIE involvement on campus.
Aside from being the president of OHIO's student chapter of IIE, Taylor is also a peer mentor for learning community, a student grader for two different courses, and an active member of Students for Liberty, Alpha Lambda Delta and Tau Beta Pi.
"I was humbled to receive the IIE Scholarship because I know there are a lot of hard-working individuals within IIE, at Ohio University and around the country who are deserving of recognition for their accomplishments," Taylor said.
Associate Professor Diana Schwerha, adviser for the student chapter of IIE, said she wasn't surprised that Taylor was chosen.
"Ben is the best chapter president I've worked with in seven years," Schwerha said in her nomination letter. "He can motivate students to stretch themselves a little and participate in activities that will influence them for the rest of their careers. He's a student leader, and I know that he will rise to the top and be a leader when he graduates from school," she added.
Next year, Taylor looks forward to taking on new leadership roles as the senior representative to the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Board of Advisors as one of two ISE students joining the ranks of the Engineering Ambassadors, a select group of Russ College students chosen for their leadership to represent the college with distinguished visitors and by giving prospective student tours. He will also participate in the Robe Leadership Institute as a scholar in the leadership program this fall.
"Winning a scholarship of this magnitude gives me hope that I will be able to hold my own in the professional realm once I obtain my bachelor's degree and move on into the workforce," Taylor said. "It can be intimidating to think that I'll be competing with students and professionals from all over the world to find work someday, but recognition from IIE helps me to stay confident and continuously learn and improve."This is the second year running that a Russ College industrial and systems engineering student has won a nationally competitive scholarship sponsored by IIE. Last year, Amy Goodnite was one of just two students nationwide to receive the $1,000 John L. Imhoff Scholarship.