J'Tia Taylor

Chicago, IL

J’Tia Taylor garnered numerous accolades and distinctions during her time as a postgraduate student in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning both a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy. As a student leader, she earned distinction as a Fellow with The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS); the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and the World Nuclear Summer Institute, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s leading thinkers in the field. Throughout her enrollment, J’Tia Taylor belonged to the American Nuclear Society’s prestigious Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society for Nuclear Science and Engineering. She also participated with the university’s chapter of the American Nuclear Society as an Executive Board Member and received the organization’s Outstanding Graduate Service Award. J’Tia Taylor focused much of her efforts on original research and practical applications of nuclear engineering, presenting at prominent industry engagements around the world. To that end, she penned her Master’s thesis on the effect of beam port penetration on the biological shield activation at the University of Illinois’ Advanced TRIGA Research Reactor. During her time as a doctoral candidate, she calculated the economic impact of the nuclear industry on Illinois as a Research Assistant with the General Morris siting project. In the summers of 2006 and 2008, Taylor completed internships with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratories respectively. In her final years at the University of Illinois, J’Tia Taylor researched and developed fuel cycle applications in conjunction with the Idaho National Laboratory. Leveraging her vast knowledge of nuclear energy, she designed a system dynamics tool for assessing nuclear fuel leasing options for her doctoral dissertation. She also contributed at the Argonne National Laboratory for several months as a Research Assistant while she was enrolled. Ms. Taylor currently works an engineer at the Argonne National Laboratory, where she provides support and analyses for nonproliferation projects.