At Greensboro Day School's Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 7, Dr. Mihan House McKenna Taylor ’95 was announced as the 2019 Greensboro Day School Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. This award was presented by Mr. Mark Hale, Head of School.
The Greensboro Day School Alumni Association, in recognition of excellence on the part of our alumni, established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991. This award is presented annually during Commencement to the alumnus/a who best exhibits at least one of the following qualities:
A. extraordinary service to the City of Greensboro, the state of North Carolina, or the nation
B. extraordinary distinction in one's field of specialization or extraordinary service to society and corresponding tangible benefit to fellow citizens.
As a Senior Scientific Technical Manager at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Dr. Taylor’s area of expertise is in geophysics, both atmospheric as well as solid earth, near surface phenomenology, and sensors with research focused on force projection and force protection issues of remote battlefield assessment, hard target defeat and strategic imaging and monitoring of trans-national threats. She directs integrated analytical, computational modeling, and experimental research with ERDC in partnership with multiple Department of Defense laboratories, Department of Energy, Defense Intelligence Agency, international defense partners, and academic institutions. Dr. Taylor is the ERDC Basic Research Advisor for the ERDC Adaptive Protection, Maneuver, Geospatial, and Natural Sciences Research 6.1 Portfolio.
Dr. Taylor has authored numerous journal articles, technical reports, and other publications on a wide variety of geophysical and geotechnical topics. She is actively involved in the Military Sensing Symposiums (Battlefield Acoustics, Magnetic, and Seismic/Electromagnetics), and the American Geophysical Union and the Acoustical Society of America.
Dr. Taylor’s work has been recognized with many professional awards including the 2019 ARMY Superior Civilian Service Award, the 2015 ERDC Research and Development Achievement Award for Enhanced Linear Seismic Sensors, the 2013 USACE Researcher of the Year, 2013 ERDC Researcher of the Year, 2011 Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Team Award “DIA Igneous Stone S&T Team”, 2010 ARMY Research and Development Award and many others. In 1995, she was awarded the Founder’s Award at Greensboro Day School.
Prior to joining ERDC in 2005, and while pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Taylor taught Geophysics and Geology at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas (1999-2005), and conducted research in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Huffington Department of Geological Sciences at SMU, and an adjunct graduate faculty member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Mississippi State University, and teaches courses for graduate students in both departments.
She holds a B.S. in Physics with a Chemistry Minor from Georgetown University (1999) and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Southern Methodist University (2005). She is a Certified Professional Geologist (#11410) from The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and a Registered Professional Geologist in the state of Alaska (#661).
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Congratulations to Dr. Taylor on her many outstanding achievements recognition as the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.