“Hi! My name is Maxwell Taylor and I currently attend Cal Poly SLO studying software engineering. I grew up in Los Altos, CA and lived there most of my life. After spending a few years at a french immersion school in the bay area our family moved to Paris for about a year a half. As a result, I speak french fluently.
I discovered my interest in software while I attended Mountain View High School. As part of the school’s FIRST FRC robotics team I was able to explore design, manufacturing, and programming. I found that I really enjoyed harnessing the power of computers, through coding, to perform real world tasks. In addition, I spent one summer working in the microsystems laboratory at Stanford MERL with a graduate student I knew there. I wrote some MATLAB code to watch cells strain under a microscope and determine the amount of strain applied.
For the past year, I have studied various programming languages including Python and Java among my other subjects. Learning how to think like a computer has been a lot of fun so I am thrilled to working at NCLab this summer. Plus, teaching is one of my favorite things to do. I spent all my summers of high school coaching a local swim team and junior and senior years peer-tutoring other students in various subjects .
Finally, outside of work, I most enjoy fencing saber. I have fenced competitively for one year though I began fencing recreationally in middle school. In high school, I swam competitively focusing on freestyle and backstroke sprints. I have played piano and saxophone since I was a kid. Additionally, I work on and drive a 1971 Datsun 510 and love to downhill longboard and slackline with friends.”