During the 2019-2020 academic year, Saylor served as secretary for Penn State’s chapter of IISE. In December of 2019, he was elected as the vice president of the operational excellence student board for the national chapter of IISE.
Saylor also spends his time with the College of Engineering’s Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education as a Leonhard Scholar, where he interacts with other students to help improve the college and its available curriculum. Additionally, Saylor is involved with the College Diabetes Network at Penn State and the Student Leadership Council at the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL).
During his time at Penn State, he worked at ARL as an engineering intern, where he prototyped Navy and Department of Defense research projects. Using CAD software and the resources available at the College of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory, he spent many hours modeling and building communications hardware for ARL.
Last summer, he worked with Steelcase Inc., a furniture manufacturer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as a quality engineering intern.
Saylor received his Six Sigma green belt certification through IISE in fall 2019 and highly recommends the certification for any engineering student at Penn State. He plans to graduate in May 2021.
“I am truly honored to receive the scholarship,” Saylor said. “Through the generosity of the scholarship sponsor, Ms. Ashley Skidmore, this award gives me the motivation to continue my academic excellence at Penn State and begin a career in the material handling industry. While the academic and professional worlds are facing new uncertainties, this scholarship will serve as an anchor in relieving financial stress from my family and I; a gift that we will forever be grateful for. In the future, I hope to explore research opportunities in the mobile automation field and give back to students who choose to pursue a similar degree or career.”
Established in 1976, the MHEFI is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the study of material handling, logistics and the supply chain. Since then, the organization has awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants to students at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.