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Taryn Melkus Bayles
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Taryn Melkus Bayles


Professor of the Practice of Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate Program Director
Affiliate Professor – Principles of Engineering – Project Lead the Way (


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering – University of Pittsburgh, 1986
M.S. Petroleum Engineering – University of Pittsburgh, 1984
M.S. Chemical Engineering – University of Pittsburgh, 1984
B.S. Chemical Engineering – New Mexico State University, 1979

Professional Interests

The goal of our research is to increase awareness and interest in pursuing engineering as a career, as well as to understand what factors help students be successful once they have chosen engineering as a major. These efforts are being developed by the Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Department in partnership with faculty at UMBC, the University of Maryland Medical School, George Washington University, the Maryland State Department of Education, High School Technology Education Teachers, and key businesses. 

We are developing the INSPIRES (INcreasing Student Participation, Interest and Recruitment in Engineering and Science) curriculum for high school students. This curriculum incorporates hands-on activities, on-line interactive animations, mathematical design simulation, and inquiry based learning with ‘real world’ engineering design exercises. These exercises increase interest by bridging the gap between real life and the classroom. The curriculum targets the International Technology Education Association Standards 8, 9 and 11 (engineering design), as well as national standards in science and mathematics. Teacher training is a vital component of this project and is provided to in-service teachers.

In addition we have developed curricula which introduce math students to simple engineering problems and applications which can be solved using algebra. Middle and high school algebra teachers participate in summer training and are paired with undergraduate engineering students, to learn how to complete simple experiments and activities and apply basic mathematics. This project addresses the need to increase both the awareness of and interest in career opportunities in engineering while building students’ math skills and understanding through the use of engineering applications. We are also involved with Northrop Grumman’s TEAACH program and provide teacher workshops with hands-on activities and demonstrations to increase student understanding in math and science while providing an interest in engineering. We also provide Principles of Engineering training for teacher certification with Project Lead the Way.

In addition, we provide Outreach programs to middle school and high school students through YESS and Computer Mania Day. We also helped to develop a high-quality video, “You Can Be Anything,” which encourages young women to study science and technology; this video is featured during Computer Mania Day. In addition, our undergraduate chemical engineering students visit area middle and high schools each academic year to introduce engineering concepts and opportunities using hands-on activities and demonstrations. We have also investigated the relative effectiveness of a two-week summer bridge program, a mentoring program, a scholarship program, and an internship program on student enrollment and retention in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs. This program, seeks to increase the number and success of students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, receiving degrees in STEM areas.


Ross, J.M. and T.M. Bayles, “Incorporating High School Outreach into Chemical Engineering Courses”, invited paper for publication in Chemical Engineering Education, Volume 37, Number 3, 2003, pp. 184-187.

Bayles, T. M., J. Rice, G. Russ, and T. Monterastelli, “High School Outreach:  A Look at Renewable Energy”, Paper AC 2007-1533 published in the Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, nominated for best paper.  Presented in the K-12 Engineering Outreach Programs Session in the K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division Session #3567 at the ASEE Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, June 27, 2007.

Rice, J., T. M. Bayles, G. Russ, and J. Ross, “Preparing Freshmen for Future Energy Issues”, Paper AC 2007-1748 published in the Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.  Presented in the Hands-on & Real world Studies Session in The Freshman Programs Division Session #2253 at the ASEE Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, June 26, 2007.

A solar panel is used to harness solar energy which is then converted into mechanical energy to lift a weight.  These types of hands on activities help students develop an appreciation for the efficiency of an energy system.

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