Over the past several years, Bryan Taylor, research and development engineer with Rotary Lift® has been the engineer behind the designs of some of our most successful lifts. But that’s just part of what drives him. Take a few minutes to meet Bryan, one of Rotary’s Force Behind the Lift.
Q: How long have you been with Rotary Lift?
I’ve been with the company in design engineering a little over 14 years in total. It’s beyond comprehension how much this company and the engineering department has changed over those 14 years!
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
Obviously I like to design things but I really enjoy seeing a product go from the tube to prototype to production. Being able to model the lifts in 3D and perform analysis on the models allows great satisfaction when our R&D testing matches what we see on the computer. I’m so thankful for 3D CAD packages as I really don’t know it was done on a drafting table; mind blowing! I like working on new products as it allows you to be a bit more creative in your designs since you are not constrained with existing lifts.
Q: What is your background in engineering?
I earned my BSME from Purdue (Boiler Up!) several years back and worked at Texaco in CA as a process engineer right out of school. Since then I have worked at Rotary/VSG and Cummins Engine Co. at various levels as a design/analysis engineer.
Q: What is something people may not know about research and development?
Not all projects turn into products that a customer may someday see. Some of our projects are simply “research” projects that develop a process or system or component of a lift that may then someday actually be used to build lifts or used on a new lift.
Q: During your work career what are you most proud of?
It’s obviously very special to see your name on a patent and receive company awards but it’s nice to see something work “right out of the gate” and to be able to help the “young pups” in our engineering group.
Q: What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?
I’ve ran a marathon and several half-marathons and I thoroughly love running and biking and being outdoors. There’s just a certain freedom about it that’s hard to describe.
What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Q: Are you more of a music guy, sports guy or both?
I would say both; I really enjoy watching my Boilers on the court and field and those who are professionals now. I spend a decent amount of time in the car so I listen to about any type of music from country to hard rock to whatever my daughter is listening to now a days. But, I do not typically mix the two; I never run with music as I think that detracts from the run and I really like to know when someone is approaching me if I don’t see them!
Q: If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be? Why?
I like several of the lifts for different reasons but for my personal use I would prefer one of our low/mid-rise lifts as they are portable, don’t take up much room in the garage, and would handle anything that I would attempt to do on my vehicles.