Taylor Amponin
Facilities Engineer 2 
Newport News Shipbuilding

"I have always been passionate about manufacturing because I am fascinated with how so many small parts can come together to create something larger through a manufacturing process. I love being able to watch something designed on paper come to life with the help of tools and manual labor."

Taylor serves as the Lead System Engineer responsible for the maintenance and certification of four dry docks supporting Navy ship repair.  This position requires her to work with all kinds of people in a range of roles, from hourly trade workers to directors. Her ability to communicate with all levels of employees, from management to the deck plate, has made her successful in each effort. Taylor also shares her talents as the Engagement Leader for Technical Services and represents the team on the department's overall Engagement Team. 
She participates in the Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) Engineering and Information Technology Summer Internship Mentor Program, which partners volunteer mentors with first-year college students who are interning at NNS for the summer.  The relationship continues throughout the mentee’s college career, with the goal of attracting and retaining talent and giving back to the community.  She also supports the Early Engineering Advantage Program at Old Dominion University to attract and retain female students in a traditionally male-dominated engineering field. 
Taylor was involved with several organizations throughout college including Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental Engineering Student Association, and Chi Epsilon. Through her volunteerism, Taylor has been instrumental in introducing many students to the possibility of education and careers in the STEM fields.  She continues those efforts through her involvement in a range of professional organizations today.

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