Hello, my name is . . . Melinda Taylor

March 14, 2011

Each Monday, the Daily Voice will introduce you to a member of the UMass Medical School community—could be a new face, or maybe one that’s has been around for a while. We’ve asked our subjects, in their own words, to answer a few questions that might give you insight into their personalities. If you have a suggestion as to someone who might be profiled, let us know at ummscommunications@umassmed.edu.


Melinda Taylor, senior engineer at the Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation. At UMass Medical School for the past 13 years, she supports simulation activities by teaching, technology transfer and model development.

 Melinda Taylor

What brought you here to UMass Medical School? 

To work with surgeons developing new medical devices

What do you love most about the work that you do?

The chance to innovate 

How would you explain your work to your spouse/child/a student

My work is critical to the advancement of higher education.

Best kept secret about your department/lab/division 

People doing more with less 

What is the practical application of your work? 

Students, residents and staff can practice and hone psychomotor skills, critical thinking and human factors such as delivering bad news. 

If you could talk to patients in the hospital about your work, what would you most want them to know? 

The technology we provide to students is helping to make them better doctors. Simulation provides trainees the opportunity to work out the bugs before they get to the patient. 

Which trait do you most admire in yourself? 

Work ethic 

What’s the question you’re most often asked about your work – and the answer? 

Do you love your job? Answer: yes. 

Describe yourself in six words or fewer. 

I never give up 

If you were stranded on a desert island, name three things you would want. 

Another human, fishing tackle and a sleeping bag 

If you could have dinner with a famous person, living or dead, who would that be? 

Thomas Jefferson 

What has surprised you most about UMass Medical School? 

I am thrilled to see the capital investments being made in upgrading the medical school. 

Who or what inspired you to enter your field? 

My aunt and uncle, my innovative aptitude is a gift from my Dad. 

Please provide some details about your education: 

AS Electronics Quinsigamond Community College; BS Engineering WPI. 

What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of work? 

Fishing, tennis, gardening 

What do you consider the most interesting thing about yourself that most people might not know (and you would want to tell them).

When people tell you the odds are against you; don’t believe them. 

What book have you read or what movie have you seen most recently, or what kind of music do you most enjoy? 

Indie folk and Celtic music 

Who are your heroes? 

People who take initiative and people who don’t sacrifice their principles 

What’s the most exciting thing happening in your field right now? 

Technology is evolving rapidly making our simulators wireless and more life-like.